Noel Torres-Rivera

Noel Torres-Rivera
Assistant Professor of Music Theory

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room 118, Grant Hall


Noel Torres-Rivera is Assistant Professor of Music Theory. Dr. Torres-Rivera received his Ph.D. in Music Theory from the Graduate Center, CUNY, an MM in Music Theory from Temple University, and a BA in Violin Performance from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. His research centers on the study of Latin American music and histories, particularly of the 20th century, and the work of Puerto Rican composer, Rafael Aponte-Ledée. Other research interests include music and meaning (semiotics, topic theory), intertextuality, historiography, music and politics, modernism, experimentalism, and the avant-garde. He has presented his research at national and international conferences, and before his appointment taught music theory courses at City College of New York, the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, and New Jersey City University. Dr. Torres-Rivera teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory at UMKC.