Ellen Bakulina

Assistant Professor of Music Theory


Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology

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Ellen Bakulina joined the UNT faculty in the fall of 2016. Previous employment includes the Yale Department of Music (coordinator of elementary musicianship sequence), CUNY Brooklyn College (theory and ear training instructor), McGill (teaching assistant), and children’s school of music no. 100 in Moscow (instructor). She has degrees in music theory from the College of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2003), McGill University, Montreal (BMus and MA, 2010), and CUNY Graduate Center, New York (PhD, 2015).   

Her areas of expertise include theories of form, meter and rhythm in tonal music, Schenkerian analysis, theories of tonality, Russian music theory, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Music Theory, Intersections, Music Theory Online, Intégral, Theory and Practice, and Theoria, and the essay collection Analytical Approaches to Twentieth-Century Russian Music (Routledge 2020, edited by Bazayev and Segall). She was a recipient of Canada’s SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) doctoral grant. Ellen is a founding member (2013) and chair (2019–2022) of SMT’s Russian Music Theory interest group.  

Dr. Bakulina has taught a broad range of music theory and aural skills courses at various levels, from primary-school children to the graduate level. Courses at UNT have included graduate theory review, form in tonal music, pedagogy of music theory, Schenkerian analysis, 18th-century counterpoint, and graduate seminars on hypermeter and on form in 19th-century music. She has served as the leader of the Undergraduate Theory Club. Advising of dissertations, special problems courses, and undergraduate colloquia have included topics ranging from Russian folk songs to Szymanowski and Shostakovich. Ellen is a pianist and a choral singer with many years of performance experience, including three years as a soprano with the chorus of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.