Princeton University

Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), Musicology
M.A., Music

Temple University

M.Mus., Music Theory
B.Mus., Education and Jazz Studies, Honors Program

Research Areas

Music Analysis, Continental Epistemology, Hermeneutics, Musical Autonomy, Topic Theory, Early 20-C French and American Art Music, Jazz


Dylan is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Princeton University. He also teaches at The College of New Jersey, the Boyer College of Music and Dance, and coordinates music theory classes for the Temple University Music Preparatory, which makes high-quality music instruction accessible to Philadelphia youth.

Dylan’s research is published in 19th-Century Music and has been accepted to conferences across the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Serbia, and Greece, including to the Society for Music Theory, the American Musicological Society, the International Musicological Society, the Philosophy Study Group of the Royal Musical Association, IRCAM, and the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic. His dissertation traces the growth of Topic Theory during the New Musicology period, aiming to reimagine the historical idea of absolute music as a logical maneuver that continues to structure analytical discourse. Dylan’s music analysis projects concern extended tonality in the music of “Les Six,” as well as voice leading in hard bop.

While a student at Temple, Dylan was awarded the B. Stimson Carrow prize for music theory pedagogy and served on the executive board of THEMUS, Temple’s graduate music research organization. He also earned a teaching certification while studying classical and jazz saxophone.

As an avid woodwind specialist, Dylan has performed on saxophones, flutes, and clarinets with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, the Philly Singers, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, at the Walnut Street, Media, and Horizon Theatres, and on the PBS television show Articulate! He has studied saxophone with Dick Oatts, Matt Levy, and Frank Mazzeo, and flute with Jayn Rosenfeld.