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Bauer, Erin

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Erin E. Bauer

Chair of Art and Music Departments
Associate Professor of Music
110 Walter Hall
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PhD, Musicology, Claremont Graduate University
MA, Musicology, Claremont Graduate University
BA, Music (Piano) and Physics, Colorado College

Dr. Bauer's research examines musical relationships through systems of globalization. In particular, she explores the interconnection between genre and identity as an implication of global processes (media/migration, hybridization, and appropriation). Historically, her work traces the Iberian keyboard variation through Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her new book (University of Illinois Press, 2023) addresses the worldwide spread of Texas-Mexican accordion music, called conjunto, a regional tradition historically forming a symbol of working-class, cultural identity. In addition, Dr. Bauer’s work confronts the relationship between Latinx/Chicanx musical traditions and issues of social justice.

Dr. Bauer has presented her research at national and international conferences. Her writing appears in Rock Music Studies, the Latin American Music Review, Latino Studies, the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, American Music, and a number of essay collections. Her article on the international adoption of Texas-Mexican conjunto earned Honorable Mention for the Jaap Kunst Prize, awarded by the Society for Ethnomusicology and representing the most significant article in ethnomusicology published in 2016. 

Preceding her time at Muskingum, Dr. Bauer spent four years at Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she taught the music history sequence and a range of ethno/musicology electives. She also taught private piano lessons in the Madison area. Prior to her time at UW-W, Dr. Bauer spent three years as Director of Instrumental Music at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Before that, she spent ten years teaching math, physics, and music at the secondary level in Texas and California. She holds BAs in physics and music (piano) from Colorado College and an MA and Ph.D. in musicology from Claremont Graduate University.


  • Foundations of Western Art Music I-II
  • Black American Music
  • Women in Music
  • Music and Disability
  • Music and Politics
  • Music and Theft: The Ethics of Appropriation
  • Music and Religion
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