Jeremy Yudkin

Chair and Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology | yudkinj@bu.edu | 617.353.3362

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Jeremy Yudkin

Professor Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music and Chair of the Musicology and Ethnomusicology Department at Boston University, and Associated Faculty of the Program in African American Studies and of the Department of Judaic Studies. From 2006-2010 he was also Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University, and he has taught as Visiting Professor at Harvard University and as Professeur Invité at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France. Dr. Yudkin received his BA and MA from Cambridge University in Classics and Modern Languages and his PhD in Historical Musicology from Stanford University. He is the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, a Fellowship at the Boston University Humanities Foundation, and a Research Fellowship from the Camargo Foundation. He is the author of eight books and has written articles for the Journal of the American Musicological SocietyMusica DisciplinaSpeculumNotesThe Musical Quarterly, American Music, Early Music, and Music and Letters, as well as The Salisbury ReviewThe Stanford Italian Review, The Yearbook of Traditional Music, Berkshire Living, and The American Journal of Philology.

Professor Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz. He has taught classes on medieval notation and polyphony, the Beatles, Beethoven, Bartok, and Miles Davis, among many others. Jeremy Yudkin is perhaps best known for his definitive textbook Music in Medieval Europe and his highly successful music appreciation textbook Understanding Music, which is used by approximately twenty thousand students across North America every year. The video that he produced, Inside the Orchestra, detailing the history and function of the classical symphony orchestra, was the winner of a 2005 Telly Award for outstanding non-broadcast educational video. In 2009 he won the Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections for his book Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop. He is also the author of Johannes Thomas Freig (1543–1583): “Paedagogus”— The Chapter on Music; The Music Treatise of Anonymous IV: A New TranslationDe musica mensurata: The Anonymous of St. Emmeram: Complete Critical Edition, Translation, and CommentaryDiscover Music; and The Lenox School of Jazz: A Vital Chapter in the History of American Music and Race Relations. Professor Yudkin is a contributor to The Harvard Dictionary of Music, has served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution for the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, and is a consultant on jazz to the Oxford English Dictionary.


Professor Jeremy Yudkin delivers the 2010 University Lecture