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Samantha Waddell
IU Bloomington

Samantha Waddell

Jacobs School of Music

Expert Bio

Samantha Waddell is a third-year Ph.D. student in music theory in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Interested in the creation of musical meaning in post-millennial popular music, Waddell has presented her music research at conferences across the country, including at the annual Society of Music Theory’s national conference. Her pop music research focuses on text expression through metric manipulation in the music of popular female artists.

Outside of popular music, her research interests also include music theory pedagogy and music cognition. Before attending and teaching at IU, she earned a master’s in music theory from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s in piano performance from the University of Evansville.

Areas of Expertise

Post-millennial popular music, rhythm and meter.