Michèle Duguay

PhD Candidate in Music Theory

I'm a PhD Candidate in Music Theory at the CUNY Graduate center, where I also completed a Certificate in Women's Studies. I teach at the City College of New York, and study gender and the recorded voice in American popular music.

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Academic Interests

  • Popular music and gender studies
  • Feminist music theory
  • Contemporary piano music
  • Performance and analysis

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


“Physical Balance, Gravity, and Tension in Contemporary Piano Works”

Forthcoming in Theory and Practice Vol. 44

  • Graduate Teaching FellowMusic DepartmentCity College of New York

“Gendering Virtual Space: Vocal Placement in Recorded Popular Music”

Society for Music Theory, Minneapolis, MN (November 2020)
Music Theory Society of New York State, Long Island, NY (July 2020)
New England Conference of Music Theorists, New Haven, CT (Postponed due to COVID-19) 
“Virtual Space, Voice, and Gender in Recorded Popular Music from 2008–2018”
Digital Humanities 2020 Conference, Ottawa, ON (Summer 2020)
“Nina Simone at the Piano: Musical Protest in ‘Love Me or Leave Me’ and ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’”
Canadian University Music Society, London, ON (Cancelled due to COVID-19) 
“Understanding Gender through the Spatialization of Recorded Voice in Contemporary Popular Music”
Society of American Music, Minneapolis, MN (July 2020)
“Measuring Physical Balance in Contemporary Piano Works”       
Society for Music Theory, Columbus, OH (November 2019) 
“Gendering the Home Studio: Intimacy and Virtual Space in the Music of Agnes Obel and Imogen Heap”
Women, Feminists, and Music (IAWM and FT&M15 Conference), Boston, MA (June 2019)
Rutgers University Musicological Society, New Brunswick, NJ (February 2019) 
“A Model for Measuring Physical Balance in Contemporary Piano Works”        
Music Theory Midwest, Cincinnati, OH (May 2019)
Music Theory Society of New York State, Albany, NY (April 2019)
“Madness, Psychedelia, and Physical Space in Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Society for Music Theory, San Antonio, TX (November 2018)
New England Conference of Music Theorists, Amherst, MA (April 2017) 
“Personae and Gender Critique in Stromae’s Racine Carrée
Music and the Moving Image XIII, New York, NY (May 2018)
IASPM-US 2018, Nashville, TN (March 2018) 
“Following Tonal Ambiguity: A Phenomenological Study of a Schumann Lied”     
16th Annual Western University Graduate Symposium on Music, London, ON (August 2015)
“Chopin and Temperament: Deducing Evidence from the 24 Préludes” 
McGill Music Graduate Symposium, Montréal, QC (March 2015)
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