I am an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at George Mason University, where I teach undergraduate core theory and graduate courses in advanced theory topics.
My research primarily deals with popular music, timbre, synthesizers, and recording techniques. My methodology is presented in my Music Theory Online article “The Cultural Significance of Timbre Analysis: A Case Study in 1980s Pop Music, Texture, and Narrative.” I proceed from a technical analysis of timbre via spectrograms and incorporate cultural and sociological research. You can read more about my research on my Research page and throughout my blog.
I am an active performer. I am a soprano in the St. Gregory Choir in McLean, Virginia. In New York, I sang in the Renaissance Street Singers chorus, which performs in New York City every other Sunday (all concerts are free and open to the public), as well as in a quartet at the Church of the Holy Innocents in midtown New York City. I am also a pianist.
I hold a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, M.M. from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and B.M. from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. I am originally from Cincinnati.
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bios for publication
As a pedagogue, she focuses on incorporating popular music as a step toward inclusivity of music students from non-traditional backgrounds. She has headed teams that won grants to redesign GMU’s core theory curriculum to be modular instead of sequential (described in a forthcoming article in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy and to substantially expand the open educational resource Open Music Theory.
Dr. Lavengood is originally from Cincinnati, OH, and holds a BM from Ohio University, an MM from Florida State University, and a PhD from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her primary instrument is piano, but she also works as a choral soprano, and currently holds a position as a soprano in a Renaissance chamber ensemble at St. John the Beloved in McLean, VA.