Jenine Brown is Associate Professor of Music Theory at The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. She joined the music theory department in 2015 after earning a Ph.D. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music. She also holds degrees from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and executive leadership training certificates from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Courses taught include the undergraduate ear training core curriculum and a graduate seminar that explores the intersection of music cognition and music analysis. These courses offer Brown the opportunity to guide students on their journey to hearing musical structure, a pursuit in which she is extremely passionate. Brown is a recipient of Johns Hopkins University’s Catalyst Award (2023) and a COVID-19 Research Accelerator Grant (2021). She was also the inaugural winner of the Peabody Conservatory’s CARES Award for a faculty member (2020).
Brown’s research can be found in Music Theory Spectrum, Music Perception (here and here), the Journal of New Music Research, Empirical Musicology Review, and SMT-Pod. She has presented related findings at conferences including the annual conference of the Society for Music Theory (2021), the biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2022), the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (2014, 2021, 2023), the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (2012, 2019), the annual meeting of Music Theory Midwest (2014), APCAM (2017, 2020), and the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (2020, 2021, 2022), among others. A previous line of research investigated hearing pre-compositional structure in post-tonal music. Along with Dr. Daphne Tan (University of Toronto) and others, her current project concerns the pre-dominant function and she has shared findings at invited talks at the Eastman School of Music and Florida State University. Brown has also collaborated with colleagues at her institution. This research is published in Frontiers in Psychology and Research Studies in Music Education (the latter explores challenges of melodic dictation tasks). Research projects with Peabody’s students are ongoing; one such collaboration is forthcoming in the Journal of Singing.
Brown’s writings on aural skills pedagogy can be read in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy, and in a chapter in The Routledge Companion to Aural Training in Music Education. She has also provided resources for teaching freshman aural skills published by the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and she has presented on pedagogical strategies in the theory and aural skills classrooms at conferences of the Maryland Music Educators Association. Two reviews of online ear-training tools can be read in College Music Symposium, and recent research on the Suzuki violin method can be read in the American Suzuki Journal.
Brown is Associate Editor of Music Theory Online and previously edited Volumes 21 and 22 of Intégral. She is President of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (2022–24) and also served as Secretary (2018–22) and Program Chair for the 2019 MTSMA conference. She was a member of the program committee for the Society for Music Theory’s annual 2020 conference and was the society’s Statistician (2016–19). Brown has been involved with the College Board’s AP Music Theory exam annually since 2011; she is also one of eight featured collegiate instructors on the College Board’s AP Daily, was the 2022–23 Visiting Fellow in Course and Exam Development for AP Music Theory, and currently sits on the AP Music Theory Test Development Committee.