School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan

Nancy Murphy

Assistant Professor of Music


Nancy is a music theorist who studies singer-songwriter music, metric flexibility, self-
expression, vocal production, music-text relations, and transcription. She has published articles
and reviews in Music Analysis, Music Theory Online, and Music Theory Spectrum. Her book on
flexible meter as self-expression in singer-songwriter music is currently under contract with
Oxford University Press.

After receiving her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2016, Nancy was a lecturer in
Music Theory and Aural Skills at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at the
University of Houston as an Assistant Professor of Music Theory. She completed her BMus and
MM degrees in Music Theory at Western University.

Nancy is currently serving on the editorial boards of Music Theory Online, Indiana Theory
Review, and is an associate editor for Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy. She was
the chair of the Society for Music Theory’s Popular Music Interest Group from 2015–2017 and
has reviewed journal submission for multiple peer-reviewed publications, including Music
Theory Spectrum, Popular Music, Music Theory Online, Analytical Approaches to World
Music, Engaging Students, and Indiana Theory Review.

Nancy Murphy