Cara Stroud Assistant Professor of Music Theory


  • Music Theory

414 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 355-7728


Cara Stroud is an assistant professor of music theory at the Michigan State University College of Music, where she teaches courses in the undergraduate core curriculum as well as graduate courses in popular music, music after 1900, and musical narrative. Stroud’s work on including women composers in the theory curriculum appears in the refereed journal Engaging Students, and she has presented research on form in popular music and on narrative strategies in music by John Corigliano, Libby Larsen, and Alfred Schnittke at regional, national, and international conferences. Her current research projects also include intertextuality in music theory pedagogy and form in Top-40 pop.