Visiting Assistant Professor of Music – Music Theory
Office: Scheide 210
Angela Ripley is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at The College of Wooster, where she teaches courses ranging from Theory I to the Theory of Music Since 1900. Her research focuses on music theory pedagogy. She specializes in pedagogical games that increase student engagement by presenting challenging course material in innovative, enjoyable ways. Results of her pedagogical game Set Theory Survivor appear in the article “Surviving Set Theory: A Pedagogical Game and Cooperative Learning Approach to Undergraduate Post-Tonal Music Theory” (Music Theory Pedagogy Online). Her article “What Did the West Wind See? Teaching Whole-Tone Scales through Debussy’s ‘Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest’” and her co-authored report on the inaugural national peer-reviewed conference on music theory pedagogy appear in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. Her article “Mock Trials in the Music Theory Classroom” is forthcoming in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.
Dr. Ripley holds degrees in music theory (Ph.D., The Ohio State University; M.M., Baylor University) and church music (B.M., Baylor University). Prior to her appointment at Wooster, she taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Alabama, Baylor University, The Ohio State University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. She has presented her research at national and regional conferences including the Society for Music Theory, Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century, Music Theory Southeast, the Texas Society for Music Theory, and the College Music Society’s South Central Regional Conference. Her current research, which she will present at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, provides an innovative way to teach post-tonal music analysis and writing through postcard assignments in the context of a virtual study-abroad experience.