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Tonia Passwater


Tonia Passwater
Tonia Passwater

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Tonia Passwater received her Ph.D. in musicology and her certificate in American Studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She also holds an M.M. in clarinet performance from Brooklyn College and a B.M. from Jacksonville University.

Her research interests include American women composers, musical modernism, reception history, the intersections of gender and social class in American musics and identities, and the portrayal of musicians in literary works.

In her teaching, Passwater is dedicated to creating a culturally-responsive curriculum that welcomes women composers and composers of color into the traditionally Eurocentric, male-dominated narrative of music history. She recognizes the importance of integrating music history and theory with performance studies and strives to make her students understand the ways in which history, theory, and performance work together to create more well-rounded performers and listeners. 

Recent Courses Taught

Special Topics in Music History: 19th Century Writing About Music
Music of the Romantic and Early Modernist Eras
Race, Gender, Class, and Genre: American Music and Identity

Professional Affiliations

American Musicological Society
Society for American Music
College Music Society

Appointed to the Faculty: 2021

Educational Background

Ph.D., CUNY, The Graduate Center
M.M., CUNY, Brooklyn College
B.M., Jacksonville University

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