Music Theory

Wennerstrom Music Theory Associate Instructor Fellowship

The Wennerstrom Music Theory Associate Instructor Fellowship is an annual award for outstanding achievement as an AI in music theory. The name of the award recognizes Dr. Mary Wennerstrom's decades-long commitment to the teaching and mentoring of future teachers of music theory. Dean Wennerstrom's devotion to music theory pedagogy was recognized with the 2006 Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Music Theory Teaching and Scholarship, a prize which enabled the establishment of this award for AIs in the department to which she has devoted her entire career.

Fellowship Recipients

2018  Zachary Zinser

2017 Jessica Sommer

2016  Craig Duke

2015  Nathan Beary Blustein

2014  Matthew Boyle

2013  Diego Cubero
            Margaret Fay, honorable mention

2012  Mark Chilla
            Gabriel Lubell, honorable mention

2011  Garrett Michaelsen

2010  Timothy Chenette

2009  Kyle Fyr

2008  Sara Bakker

Formal Guidelines
  1. A fellowship of $500 will be given every April by the music theory department of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington. Eligible associate instructors should submit an application by March 1 to the chair of the music theory department, either in a bound portfolio or as a single .pdf file sent by email.
  2. Eligibility:
    1. Only doctoral students are eligible for the award.  Students need not be music theory majors to be eligible.
    2. To be eligible, an AI must have completed at least three semesters teaching any courses in the music theory department.
    3. An eligible AI must be in his or her final semester of eligibility as an Associate Instructor in the Jacobs School of Music in the spring semester, or have completed his or her eligibility in the preceding fall semester.
  3. The application should contain the following items:
    1. Curriculum vitae of the individual.  Include degree status at Indiana University
    2. Number of years of teaching at Indiana University; list of specific music theory courses taught (course number, title, and enrollment) and dates for each course.  Include duties in the course (e.g. AI for two written sections, lecturer in a skills course).  If applicable describe other teaching either at Indiana University or elsewhere.
    3. Two- to three-page statement about the individual's teaching philosophy and how it is put into practice.  Include any efforts undertaken to improve teaching and any contributions to course development.  If relevant, include samples of syllabi or course materials.
    4. Complete set of student evaluations for at least two semesters: include a summary sheet (tabulation and averaging of item responses, if relevant) as well as student comments.
    5. Recommendation letters from two people (music theory faculty or supervising instructors) who can speak to the individual's teaching.  Referees should substantiate why the person is qualified for the fellowship by references to specific teaching qualities and activities.
  4. Selection will be made by a committee of music theory faculty members, including the chair of the department. During the selection process, faculty may ask to observe the candidates' teaching.