Cara Stroud Assistant Professor of Music Theory


  • Music Theory

414 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 355-7728


Prior to her appointment as asssistant professor of music theory at MSU, Cara Stroud was a lecturer in music theory at Oklahoma State University, where she taught freshman music theory and aural skills in addition to a course in 20th-century music. She earned her Ph.D. in Music Theory at Florida State University, with a dissertation focusing on narrative strategies in music by Alfred Schnittke, Libby Larsen, and John Corigliano. Stroud has presented her research at the Society for Music Theory, Society for American Music, Texas Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Southeast, GAMuT, and FSU Music Theory Forum conferences. She also studies form and harmony in recent Top-40 pop music and plays the cello.