Faculty Profile: Jeremy Yudkin
Professor Jeremy Yudkin is Chair of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology and Professor of Music at Boston University, Associated Faculty of the Department of African American Studies, and Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University. He has also taught as Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Professeur Invité at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France. Dr. Yudkin received his BA and MA in Classics and Modern Languages from Cambridge University in England 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 Class of 1960 Visiting Scholar at Williams College, a Fellowship at the Boston University Humanities Foundation, and a Research Fellowship from the Camargo Foundation. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford in 2006. He is the author of eight books and has written articles for the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Musica Disciplina, Speculum, Notes, The Musical Quarterly, Early Music, American Music, and Music and Letters, as well as The Salisbury Review, Berkshire Living, The Stanford Italian Review, 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 polyphony, the Beatles, Beethoven, Bartok, and Miles Davis, among many others. He has been nominated six times for Boston University’s highest teaching award. 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. He is also the author of Johannes Thomas Freig (1543–1583): “Paedagogus”— The Chapter on Music (1983); The Music Treatise of Anonymous IV: A New Translation (1985); De musica mensurata: The Anonymous of St. Emmeram: Complete Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary (1990); Discover Music (2004); The Lenox School of Jazz: A Vital Chapter in the History of American Music and Race Relations (2006); and Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post-Bop (2009), which won an Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Professor Yudkin is a contributor to The Harvard Dictionary of Music; Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century; From Rome to the Passing of the Gothic: Western Chant Repertoires and Their Influence on Early Polyphony; and A Companion to the Modern American Novel, 1900-1950.
He 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. He is a Cultural Partner and Distinguished Speaker for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and founder and host of the Lenox Library Association’s Distinguished Lecture Series. He has lectured across the United States, and in England, France, and Russia. Every summer he is the pre-concert lecturer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.