Jenine Brown is Associate 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 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’s research can be read in Music Theory Spectrum (2020), Music Perception (2016, and 2021), the Journal of New Music Research (2020), and Empirical Musicology Review (forthcoming, 2022). 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), 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. She has collaborated with colleagues at her institution; these papers are published in Frontiers in Psychology (2017) and Research Studies in Music Education (2020); the latter explores challenges of melodic dictation tasks. Other research projects with Peabody’s faculty and students are ongoing.
Brown’s writings on aural skills pedagogy can be read in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2020), in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy (2018), and in a chapter in The Routledge Companion to Aural Training in Music Education (2021). 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). Two reviews of online ear-training tools can be read in College Music Symposium (2020).
Brown is Associate Editor of Music Theory Online and previously edited Volumes 21 and 22 of Intégral. She is President-Elect of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (2022–24) and previously 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 also previously served the SMT as Statistician (2016–2019). Brown has been a Question Leader (distributed), Table Leader, and Reader for 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 and is a 2022–23 Visiting Fellow in Course and Exam Development for AP Music Theory.
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.