Zachary Zinser

Zachary Zinser

Zachary Zinser

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theory

N482 Timashev Building
1866 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Theory
  • Popular music analysis
  • Perception and cognition
  • Music technology
  • Music theory pedagogy


  • PhD, Indiana University, 2020
  • MM, Indiana University, 2015

Zachary Zinser earned his PhD from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with his dissertation “Sound, Syntax, and Space in Studio-Produced Popular Music” in 2020. Zinser centers his work by interrogating the question, How do we listen? He explores how sound quality features inform the perception and cognition of virtual performance spaces and how these aspects of experience interact with more traditional analytical methodologies and modes of representation. His research also explores the role of technologies in the production, dissemination, and consumption of popular music as mediated experiences.

Zinser has presented his research at multiple conferences, including the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory and Music Theory Midwest. He was a graduate fellow serving on an interdisciplinary research team featuring a variety of other scholars, including ethnomusicologists, historians, technical writers, and music theorists, to research and examine popular music traditions across the globe. Zinser has lectured on music theory and aural skills at Indiana University, Ball State University, and Butler University. Recently, Zinser authored the chapter, “Expanding the Scope of Analysis in the Popular Music Classroom,” in the collection Expanding the Canon: Black Composers in the Music Theory Classroom, forthcoming in 2022.

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