Lectures

Class of 1960 Lecture, Jeremy Yudkin
"Jazz and Race Relations in the Berkshires of 1957 to 1960"

Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music at Boston University, Associated Faculty of the Department of African American Studies, and Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University. He has also taught as Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Professeur Invité at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University in Classics and Modern Languages and his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Stanford University. He is the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, a Fellowship at the Boston University Humanities Foundation, and a Research Fellowship from the Camargo Foundation. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford in 2006. He is the author of six books and has written articles for the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Musica Disciplina, Speculum, Notes, The Musical Quarterly, Early Music, and Music and Letters, as well as The Salisbury Review, The Stanford Italian Review, and The American Journal of Philology.

Professor Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz. He has taught classes on medieval polyphony, the Beatles, Beethoven, Bartok, and Miles Davis among many others. Jeremy Yudkin is perhaps best known for his definitive textbook Music in Medieval Europe (Music in Medieval Europe:1/e) and his highly successful music appreciation textbook Understanding Music (Understanding Music:4/e), which is used by approximately twenty thousand students across North America every year. The video Inside the Orchestra that he produced, detailing the history and function of the classical symphony orchestra, was the winner of a 2005 Telly Award for outstanding non-broadcast educational video.  He is also the author of Johannes Thomas Freig (1543-1583): ‘Paedagogus’ – The Chapter on Music; The Music Treatise of Anonymous IV: A New Translation; De musica mensurata: The Anonymous of St. Emmeram: Complete Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary; Discover Music; Miles Davis, Miles Smiles and the Invention of Post-Bop. He is a contributor to The Harvard Dictionary of Music, has served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution for the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, and is a consultant on jazz to the Oxford English Dictionary.