Angela Ripley

Instructor of Music Theory

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Ph.D., The Ohio State University

M.M., Baylor University

B.M., Baylor University


Angela Ripley is Instructor of Music Theory at the University of Alabama, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from music fundamentals to Hepokoski and Darcy’s Sonata Theory. Her research focuses on music theory pedagogy. She specializes in pedagogical games that increase student engagement by presenting challenging course material in innovative, enjoyable ways. Results of her pedagogical game Set Theory Survivor appear in the article “Surviving Set Theory: A Pedagogical Game and Cooperative Learning Approach to Undergraduate Post-Tonal Music Theory” (Music Theory Pedagogy Online 6). Her article “What Did the West Wind See? Teaching Whole-Tone Scales through Debussy’s ‘Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest’” appears in the thirtieth volume of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.

Dr. Ripley holds degrees in music theory (Ph.D., The Ohio State University; M.M., Baylor University) and church music (B.M., Baylor University). She has taught at Baylor University, The Ohio State University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce and has presented her research at conferences including the Texas Society for Music Theory, the College Music Society’s South Central Regional Conference, and Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century. Her current research explores music theory mock trials as means of developing the music-analytical and critical-thinking skills of students.