Clair Nguyen Named Lecturer in Music Theory

Posted on June 04, 2024

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College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the appointment of Clair Nguyen as Lecturer in Music Theory. 

Nguyen’s primary research focuses on the intersections of music theory and film studies, and includes films, music videos, video games, and Japanese anime. Her secondary research area centers on Vietnamese popular and traditional music, including the vọng cổ tradition. 

A PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Nguyen’s dissertation develops frameworks for analyzing rhythmic audiovisual relationships in animated films and mobile games to incorporate related media into academic settings. Nguyen’s interdisciplinary approaches are supported by a Graduate Certificate in Film & Media Studies. 

She held a Albert C. Yates Fellowship for minority students and served as student representative for Music Theory Midwest. She has presented her research at such conference as All Ears: Music and Sound in and Beyond Disney Theme Parks, the Ludomusicology Study Group of the American Musicological Society, Music and the Moving Image, Music Theory Midwest, the North American Conference on Video Game Music, and the Society for Music Theory. 

Nguyen holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Music Theory from the City University of New York Hunter College, a Master of Music (MM) in Piano Performance from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Piano Performance also from the University of South Florida where she graduated summa cum laude as a Presser Scholar. She served as a graduate assistant at the University of South Florida and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a music theory tutor at Hunter College. 

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