Jenine Brown is Assistant Professor of Music at The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. She joined the music theory department in 2015. Courses taught include the undergraduate ear training core curriculum and an upper-level post-tonal ear training elective. 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’s research on the perception on post-tonal music can be read in Music Theory Spectrum (2020), the Journal of New Music Research (2020), and Music Perception (2016). She has presented related experimental findings at conferences including the biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (2014), the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (2012 and 2019), and the annual meeting of Music Theory Midwest (2014). Her research won a graduate student award from the Society for Music Perception and Cognition in 2009, 2011, and 2013. Other research projects include collaborations with colleagues at her institution; these are published in Frontiers in Psychology (2017) and Research Studies in Music Education (2019).
Brown’s writings on aural skills pedagogy can be read in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2020, forthcoming), in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy (2018), and in a chapter in a forthcoming book titled The Routledge Companion to Aural Training in Music Education. She has also supplied resources for teaching freshman aural skills published by the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2019) and she has presented on pedagogical strategies in the theory and aural skills classrooms at conferences of the Maryland Music Educators Association (2017, 2019, 2020). Two reviews of online ear-training tools can be read in College Music Symposium (2020).
Brown is currently serving a second term as secretary for the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (2018–22) and was recently Program Chair for the 2019 MTSMA conference. She is a member of the program committee for the Society for Music Theory’s annual 2020 conference and previously served the SMT as Statistician (2017–2019). She has been a core member of the Music Theory Outreach Project since 2017. Brown has also served as Question Leader (distributed), Table Leader, and Reader for the College Board’s AP Music Theory exam since 2011.
Brown earned a Ph.D. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music in 2014. She also holds a B.A. in economics and a B.M. in music theory (University of Michigan–Ann Arbor), as well as an M.A. in music theory (Eastman). Prior to her arrival at Peabody, Brown taught music theory and ear training courses at the Eastman School of Music, where she won the Graduate Student Teaching Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching in 2006. She also taught music theory as a member of the adjunct faculty at Ithaca College and Madonna University.