I am a music theorist currently working on my MA from Washington University in St. Louis. I received a BA in music theory from Anderson University in 2020, and I look forward to matriculating in a PhD program in the coming academic year. In the future, I hope to work at an institution that trains music students to listen to music critically, perform in a variety of styles, and develop technical competencies as twenty-first century musicians.
As a researcher, I am intersted in music production in contemporary rap, and I examine how rappers and producers use sound to articulate identity. To this end, I am currently developing a thesis that performs close-readings of music by artists from the Backwoodz Studioz and Ruby Yacht collectives, using them as a model for theorizing underground hip-hop’s subversion of mainstream narratives concerning identity in hip-hop as a commericial musical genre.
Beyond music theory, I maintain a few hobbies so I can talk with friends and family about non-music topics. I am an avid movie-watcher and slightly-less-avid leisure reader. I am a big fan of TTRPGs and actual-play podcasts, and I play D&D with a group of friends regularly. I enjoy collecting musical hardware and physical media—especially synths, guitar pedals, and cassettes. More recently, I’ve taken up cooking as a hobby, so stop by for a meal sometime!