Instructor, Musicology

Miguel J. Ramirez holds a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts in oboe performance from Boston University and an Artist Diploma in orchestral studies from the Hochschule für Musik of Frankfurt, Germany.  As an oboist, he has performed with the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra and the Paducah Symphony (Kentucky); and as a musicologist he has taught at the Universidad de Costa Rica and at East Carolina University. 

Dr. Ramirez’s research interests are varied, and they include the music of Anton Bruckner, Austro-German music and culture in the nineteenth century, neo-Riemannian theory, the history of tonal theory, eighteenth-century performance practice, and the cultural links between Germany and Latin America during the Third Reich.  His published work reflects the transdisciplinary nature of his research, and it includes articles and book reviews published in Music Theory Online, Notes, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, The Bruckner Journal, Music Analysis, the Journal of Musicological Research, and the Bruckner-Jahrbuch.  He has also presented papers at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, international conferences of the College Music Society in Argentina and Australia, and the Bruckner Journal Readers Conference in Oxford, UK. 

Dr. Ramirez is also interested in creative writing, and he is the author of For Later Times, a partly fictional screenplay for a feature film about Bruckner and the reception of his music in Nazi Germany.  For Later Times has been selected as a semifinalist and finalist script in several international screenwriting contests, including second round in the 2021 Screenplay Competition of the prestigious Austin Film Festival. 

Musicology and Ethnomusicology Professors and Instructors

Pedro Aponte

Pedro Aponte
Associate Professor, Musicology Area Coordinator
apontepr@jmu.edu
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Mary Jean Speare

Mary Jean Speare
Professor, Associate Director of the School of Music
spearemj@jmu.edu
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Robby McCoubrey
Instructor, Music and Human Services
mccoubrj@jmu.edu
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Kyle Remnant
Instructor
remnanka@jmu.edu
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