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Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Julianne Grasso specializes in theoretical approaches to video game music, with additional research interests in music cognition and public music theory. Her recent publications include a colloquy essay, “On Canons as Music and Muse” in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Sound and Music in Games (February 2020) and “Music in the Time of Video Games: Spelunking Final Fantasy IV” in Music in the Role-Playing Game: Heroes & Harmonies, edited by William Gibbons and Steven Reale (Routledge, 2019). She has presented her work at numerous conferences, including annual meetings for the Society for Music Theory, the American Musicological Society, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the North American Conference on Video Game Music, and the Music and Gaming Festival (MAGFest). Before coming to UT Austin, she taught courses in music theory, music history, and media arts at the University of Chicago.

MUS 388T
Analytical Techniques 

MUS 321J 
Post-tonal Analysis 

MUS 388S 
Video Game Music 

MUS 368L 
Graduate Harmony Review

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Contact Information

Campus location
MRH 3.718

Teaching Areas


Research Areas

Theoretical approaches to video game music
Music cognition
Public music theory


Doctor of Philosophy
University of Chicago 

Bachelor of Arts 
Princeton University