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Terry Klefstad

Terry Klefstad

Dr. Terry Klefstad is Associate Professor of Music in the Belmont University School of Music. Dr. Klefstad teaches music history courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She serves as Coordinator of Music History, and recently served as Interim Associate Director of Music.

Dr. Klefstad received her Ph.D. in Musicology from University of Texas at Austin, and her Master of Music (Music History and Literature) from Southern Methodist University. She received both a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in English with Writing Emphasis from Millikin University. Before coming to Belmont, Dr. Klefstad taught at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

An active lecturer and musicologist, Dr. Klefstad has been a guest speaker for the Atlanta Symphony, Emory University, and the Austin Civic Orchestra. Her specialties are in the area of twentieth century music through WWII, Dmitri Shostakovich, and American music. She has presented numerous papers on the American reception of Shostakovich’s music in the early twentieth century and various American music topics.  Publications include articles in Music and Politics and the International Journal of Musicology; a chapter in Contemplating Shostakovich (2014, Ashgate); articles in Hip Hop Around the World (AFL-CIO/Greenwood, 2018); and the monograph Crooked River City: The Musical Life of Nashville’s William Pursell (Mississippi, 2018). She is a member of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and the College Music Society.

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