School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
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Melissa Hoag

Melissa Hoag


Melissa Hoag
Associate Professor of Music Theory
Music Theory Program Coordinator

(248) 370-4153


Melissa Hoag is Associate Professor of Music Theory at Oakland University, where she has been coordinator of the music theory area since Fall 2007. Dr. Hoag holds a Ph.D. in music theory with doctoral minors in piano performance and music history from Indiana University. She also holds a bachelor of music degree from Drake University, where she was a National Alumni Scholar.

Professor Hoag’s research interests include voice leading and rhythm and meter in Brahms as well as music theory pedagogy. Professor Hoag’s articles and reviews appear in a variety of publications, including Music Theory Online, Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy, Dutch Journal of Music Theory, Gamut, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Music Theory Pedagogy Online, College Music Symposium, Notes, and Semiotica.

Aside from various courses within the undergraduate core curriculum in music theory and aural skills, Professor Hoag teaches upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on the following topics: analytical techniques of post-1900 music, form and analysis, Schenkerian analysis, counterpoint, and rhythm and meter. In addition, she frequently engages in advanced independent studies with outstanding undergraduate and graduate students; topics have included analyses of works by Clara Schumann, Brahms, and Beethoven, as well as advanced counterpoint, advanced Schenkerian analysis, and music theory pedagogy.

Professor Hoag is a founding member of the editorial board for Music Theory Pedagogy Online, and has served the discipline as reader and table leader for the College Board’s Advanced Placement exam in music theory since 2007. In 2015, Professor Hoag served as local arrangements chair for Music Theory Midwest when the conference held its twenty-sixth annual conference on Oakland’s campus. Professor Hoag has also been appointed to the editorial board of Music Theory Online, a journal published by the Society for Music Theory.