photo: howeBlake Howe

Manship Associate Professor of Musicology

297 Music & Dramatic Arts Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504


Blake Howe is Associate Professor of Musicology at Louisiana State University, and holds degrees from Vassar College (B.A.) and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (M.A./Ph.D.). His research interests are diverse and include Disability Studies, nineteenth-century German song, and film music.

He teaches courses and seminars on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music, film music, and performance practice for graduate students, and introduction and survey courses for undergraduates. He developed an online version of the remedial music history course for graduate students, incorporating automated quizzes, animated videos, and e-classroom review sessions. He is also co-director of LSU’s Collegium Musicum.

In honor of his research, teaching, and service, he has been awarded the LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award, the LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award, and the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Awards.

He has published articles on diverse topics, including musical representations of obsession (Music Theory Spectrum), Schubert’s final settings of the poet Johann Mayrhofer (Journal of the American Musicological Society), Paul Wittgenstein’s career as a one-handed pianist (The Journal of Musicology), and music-making in Norman Rockwell’s painting Shuffleton’s Barbershop (The Musical Quarterly). He is co-editor, with Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Neil Lerner, Joseph N. Straus, of The Oxford Handbook on Music and Disability Studies (Oxford University Press, 2016), to which he contributed two chapters, and co-convenor of the colloquy “On the Disability Aesthetics of Music” (Journal of the American Musicological Society).

He has contributed chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body, ed. Youn Kim and Sander L. Gilman (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) and Schubert’s Late Music: History, Theory, Style, ed. Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton (Cambridge University Press). He has contributed book and recording reviews to Music and Letters, Notes, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and his blog posts have appeared on Musicology Now (American Musicological Society) and The Avid Listener (W. W. Norton). He has also presented papers at a number of national and international conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Music Theory, the Society for American Music, the Society for Music Analysis, and the Society for Disability Studies.

He is editor of recording reviews for Nineteenth-Century Music Review (Cambridge University Press) and served as chair of the American Musicological Society’s Study Group on Music & Disability. He also maintains the Musical Representations of Disability database.