Michèle Duguay (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she also completed a Certificate Program in Women’s Studies. She currently teaches music theory at the City College of New York. Prior to her studies at the Graduate Center, she received an M.A. in music theory from McGill University and a B.Mus. from the University of Ottawa.

Her current research interests include the intersection of popular music analysis and gender studies, the construction of virtual space in recorded popular music, voice studies, and gesture in contemporary piano music. In 2019, Michèle received the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award from the Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS), the Arthur J. Komar Award from Music Theory Midwest (MTMW), and a doctoral grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. She presented her research at various national and international conferences, including the annual (SMT) and regional (NECMT, MTSNYS, MTMW) meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the Society for American Music (SAM) annual meeting, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US).

Michèle is a co-founder of the Engaged Music Theory working group.


The Graduate Center, CUNY (2016-present)
Ph.D. in Music Theory
Certificate Program in Women’s Studies

McGill University (2014-2016)
M.A. in Music Theory

University of Ottawa (2010-2014)
B.Mus. in Music

Other Publications

“Physical Balance, Gravity, and Tension in Contemporary Piano Works.” Theory and Practice Vol. 44 (Forthcoming).

Michèle Duguay

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