Carlos Xavier Rodriguez

Chair of Music Theory and Associate Professor of Music


Carlos Xavier Rodriguez received a BA from Pitzer College, an MA from UCLA, and a PhD from Northwestern University. He has previously held appointments at the University of South Florida, University of Iowa, and Ohio State University. He is a general music specialist who teaches undergraduate methods courses, student teaching seminar, and graduate courses in history and philosophy of music education and creative thinking in music. A leading authority on popular music and music education, he has published articles and presented conference papers nationally and internationally on musical development and cognition, musicality, musical expression, creative thinking, and popular music and culture.

Professor Rodriguez has contributed to numerous textbook series and book chapters, is on the editorial review board of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and is active in public school systems as a musician, consultant, and educator.


BA, Pitzer College
MA, University of California – Los Angeles
PhD, Northwestern University