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Matthew C. Balensuela

School of Music

Professor of music


History of music theory, Teaching history of music, Music history pedagogy, Music theory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Jazz in Indianapolis


Matthew Balensuela, a music historian, focuses his research in two areas: (1) the history of music theory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and (2) music history pedagogy – the best methods for teaching music history. He created an online journal, Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and served as its first editor-in-chief. He also has done research about jazz in Indianapolis, particularly about performers at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Balensuela's books include Music Theory from Boethius to Zarlino: A Bibliography and Guide (coauthored with David Russell Williams of Pendragon Press, 2007) and critical edition of the Ars cantus mensurabilis mensurata per modos iuris (University of Nebraska, 1994).