Meet the Instructor
Dr. Jocelyn Neal
Jocelyn Neal is the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a BA (1993) in music from Rice University, and an MA and Ph.D. (2002) in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Her expertise covers music theory and analysis, theory pedagogy, rhythm and meter, and popular music. She also teaches courses on music and copyright, music-dance intersections, and the cultural reception of popular music.
Dr. Neal served on the AP Music Theory Test Development Committee for four years; she has been a reader, table leader, and question leader at the AP Reading since 2015; and she was on the College Board’s instructional design team that authored the current Course and Exam Description (CED). She has also led outreach projects for local high school AP music theory teachers and taught workshops directly to high school AP students since 2016.
Within the field of music theory, Dr. Neal is currently on the executive board of the Society for Music Theory. She has served as chair of the Popular Music Group for the Society of Music Theory; as a member of the editorial boards for the academic journals Music Theory Spectrum, Music Theory Online, and Intégral; and as co-editor of Southern Cultures. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Musical Quarterly, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Music Theory Spectrum. Her books include Country Music: A Cultural and Stylistic History (Oxford University Press, 2012; 2nd ed. 2019). Dr. Neal regularly presents her research at national conferences on American music, popular music, music theory, and cultural studies. In 2016, she founded the UNC Bluegrass Initiative, which she continues to direct.