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Stefanie Acevedo

Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Technology

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Stefanie Acevedo
Phone: 937-229-3955
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Stefanie Acevedo is an assistant professor of music theory and technology at the University of Dayton. Her areas of expertise include music psychology and popular music studies; her main research interests include musical expectation, the analysis and cognition of musical form, cognitive underpinnings for musical categorization and segmentation, and pedagogical applications of cognitive/psychological research. Her work encompasses the analysis and cognition of common-practice, avant-garde, popular, and non-Western musics.

She has presented and published her work in Music Perception: An interdisciplinary journal, the Society for Music Theory annual conference, Music Theory Midwest, Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic the European Music Analysis Conference (EuroMac), the Society for Music Perception and Cognition Conference, and the International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition.

Committed to diversity and inclusion in academia, Dr. Acevedo has served as the student member of the Society for Music Theory's Committee on the Status of Women (2013-2016), as board member for the International Alliance for Women in Music (2009-2015), and most recently as a member of the student advisory board on Yale's Title IX committee.

Most recently, she and her colleague, Dr. Toby Rush, have redesigned the University of Dayton music theory curriculum, allowing students to more deeply engage with and appreciate various musical cultures in the modern world.


  • Ph.D. in Music Theory, Yale University, 2020
  • M.M. in Music Theory, Bowling Green State University, 2010
  • M.A. in Psychology, University at Buffalo SUNY, 2012
  • B.M. in Music Composition, University of Florida, 2008