Dr. Nancy Murphy
Assistant Professor of Music Theory
Office: MSM 140
Nancy Murphy is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Before coming to Houston, Nancy served as a lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Chicago (2015–2017). She received her Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of British Columbia in 2016. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition and a Master of Arts degree in Music Theory, both from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Murphy’s research centers on issues of meter, timing flexibility, and lyrical meaning in singer-songwriter music from the 1960s and 70s, particularly Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Other research interests include rhythm and meter, rhyme and lyric writing, transcription, early American folk music, and musical theatre. Nancy has presented at national and international conferences on topics including disco remixes, Brazilian Capoeira music and dance, along with her primary research area. She is currently serving as the chair of the Society for Music Theory’s Popular Music Interest Group (2016–2018).