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Rowland Moseley is a music theorist with degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D. in music theory) and the University of Cambridge (B.A. Hons in music, M.Phil. in musicology) who has led undergraduate courses in music theory at Harvard University, Dartmouth College, and Columbia University.

Born in Leeds, England, he studied piano, violin, organ, and composition during his early and teenage years. While at Cambridge, he quickly developed a deep interest in music theory and analysis, and he went on win three of the University’s four academic prizes in music for his undergraduate cohort. At the same time, he remained active in making music—giving duo recitals with his sister, a cellist; winning the inaugural composition competition of the University Musical Society; and appearing with the King’s College orchestra as conductor and piano soloist. For two years, he also ran the University Opera Society.

Having completed a master’s degree on a full scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain, Moseley was admitted to Harvard as a Presidential Scholar in 2006. There, he passed his comprehensive exams with distinction, worked extensively as a Teaching Fellow in music theory and history courses, and completed a dissertation on the gigues of J. S. Bach that revealed Bach’s strategies for writing compelling forms and rhythmic processes. His commitment and skill in teaching were recognized by Harvard music department’s Oscar S. Schafer Prize and multiple review-based teaching awards.

Since graduating Harvard in 2014, Moseley has been engaged repeatedly by Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Columbia University to teach a variety of courses in music theory. He has presented at academic conferences in the United States and Europe, and his published writing appears in Music Analysis and Music Theory Online. Moseley has made a home in New York City since 2010.