Princeton University

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

Temple University

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

Research Areas

Intellectual history of music, music analysis, hermeneutic philosophy, Continental epistemology, musical autonomy, topic theory, early 20-C French and American art music, jazz


Dylan is a Postgraduate Research Associate in the Department of Music 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 music instruction accessible to Philadelphia youth.

In his research, Dylan studies how varieties of musical exceptionalism control the circulation of meaning in music history and analysis. His analytical projects explore extended tonality in the music of “Les Six” as well as voice leading and motives in bebop improvisations. Dylan’s work is published in 19th-Century Music and has been accepted to conferences across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Serbia, and Greece, including to the American Musicological Society (twice), the Society for Music Theory (twice), 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 an avid woodwind specialist, Dylan has performed on 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! He has studied saxophone with Dick Oatts, Matt Levy, and Frank Mazzeo, and flute with Jayn Rosenfeld.