Princeton University

  • Ph.D., Musicology, fall 2022
  • M.A., Musicology, 2019

Temple University

  • M.Mus., Music Theory, 2017
  • B.Mus., Music Education and Jazz Studies, 2014

Research Areas

Intellectual history, music analysis, philosophical hermeneutics, musical autonomy, topic theory, early 20-C French and American art music, jazz


Dylan is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Wesleyan University. He previously served as lecturer and Postgraduate Research Associate at Princeton University. As a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton, Dylan taught music history and theory at The College of New Jersey and Temple University while coordinating the music theory curriculum for the Temple University Music Preparatory, which makes music instruction accessible to Philadelphia youth.

Dylan’s research explores how the intellectual history of music has been shaped by the belief that music is intrinsically special. His current book and publication projects trace this way of thinking, called “musical exceptionalism,” as it touches numerous areas of musical thought, including: the idea of absolute music, the analysis of musical topics, jazz aesthetics, the politics of interpretation, ineffability, immediacy, and sound studies. Dylan’s analytical work concerns extended tonality in the music of Les Six and computational analysis in mid-century bebop improvisations. Dylan’s work has appeared in 19th-Century Music and at conferences across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Serbia, and Greece, including to the American Musicological Society, the Society for Music Theory, the International Musicological Society, the Philosophy Study Group of the Royal Musical Association, IRCAM (Paris), and the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic.

As a mutiple woodwind performer, Dylan has played saxophones, flutes, and clarinets with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, the Philly Singers, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, at the Walnut Street, Media, and Horizon Theatres, and on the PBS television show Articulate!.