Michelle Lawton

Adjunct Faculty, Music Appreciation, Music Department


Michelle Lawton is a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She earned her BA from the University of California Irvine, summa cum laude, and her MA in Music History from the University of Northern Colorado. She is active as a copyeditor and has worked on the Journal of Musicological Research, the Music Research Forum, and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy. She has presented papers at the AMS Rocky Mountain chapter conference, the University of Pittsburgh, and CCM. Over the last decade, she has been a TA or Fellow for a variety of music courses, ranging from community choirs to graduate music history review. Her dissertation, “Programmatic and Evocative Piano Ballades in the Long 19th Century,” uses narrative strategies, reception, programs, and topic theory to study the compositional and social aspects of the ballade.