Hello and welcome to my Humanities Commons page. I am a musicologist whose specializations include film music, American vernacular music, and Twentieth-/Twenty-First Century music aesthetics and criticism. My recent research has focused on Nino Rota’s use of Prez Prado’s “Patricia” in the Italian film La dolce vita, classic rock (incorporating listening, production history, music analysis, and taking an inclusive approach), Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol’s “Caravan,” the musicality of jazz poets such as Langston Hughes, Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Lipton, Kenneth Patchen, and William S. Burroughs, and global hip hop. I teach music courses to majors and non-majors; concurrently, I am a music producer, sound engineer, and composer/songwriter for my company, Dapper Kitty Music. In a previous life, I was a music and research librarian, who directed a center for music research, teaching, and education as well as a radio personality. A multi-instrumentalist, my musical background includes tap and jazz dance.

The best way to contact me is at my permanent email address: mudgoldsmith@gmail.com.

Pronouns: She/her/hers.


PhD, Musicology, Louisiana State University, College of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Dissertation: “Alban Berg’s Filmic Music: Intentions and Extensions of the Film Music Interlude in the Opera Lulu.”

CLIS (Certificate in Advanced Studies in Library and Information Science), LSU.

MALA, The Interdepartmental Program in Liberal Arts, LSU.
Thesis: “Criticism Lighting His Fire: Perspectives on Jim Morrison from the Los Angeles Free Press, Down Beat,
and The Miami Herald.”


MA, Music History and Theory, Smith College.
Thesis: “Adorno on Strauss, Mahler, and Berg.”

BA, Music and Biochemistry, Smith College.


Books on Music
Listen to Classic Rock! Exploring a Musical Genre (Greenwood, 2020).
Hip Hop Around the World: An Encyclopedia, ed. with Anthony J. Fonseca (Greenwood, 2018).
The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film, with Anthony J. Fonseca and Paige A. Willson (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).


American Musicological Society
Society for American Music
Society for Music Theory

Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith

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