Dr. Caleb Mutch


  • Mathematics in Pre-modern music theory
  • The medieval reception of pseudo-Aristotle’s Problems
  • Developments in pedagogy and media in the early modern period
  • The evolution of the idea of the chordal root
  • Formal function in baroque music




Ph.D. in Music Theory, Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York, N.Y., USA

Dissertation: “Studies in the History of the Cadence”
    Dissertation advisors: David E. Cohen, Ph.D. and Benjamin Steege, Ph.D.
Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

2011M.Phil., Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York, N.Y., USA
2010M.A., Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York, N.Y., USA
2008B.Mus. in Music Scholarship, Minor in Latin, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada



2019–2020Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., USA
2017–2019Post-Doctoral Resident Scholar, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., USA
2015–2017Core Lecturer in the Humanities, Columbia University, New York, N.Y., USA


 Peer-Reviewed Articles

“How the Triad Took (a) Root,” Forthcoming, Journal of Music Theory (Spring 2022).

“‘Something Else is Possible’: Transcultural Collaboration as Anti-Apartheid Activism in the Music of Juluka,” Accepted, Popular Music.  doi:10.1017/S026114302100043X      Link

“Canons and Contestable Cadences in Brahms’s Op. 118 No. 4.” Music Theory & Analysis 8.1 (2021), 143-151.       Link

“Pedagogy and Authority in Sixteenth-Century German Music Theory Textbooks.” Theoria 26 (2020)     Link

“Mathematical Approaches to Defining the Semitone in Antiquity.” Journal of Mathematics and Music (2021). https://doi.org/10.1080/17459737.2020.1753122

“The Triad in Dispute: Genre and Audience in the Writings of Johannes Lippius.” Music Theory Spectrum (2020). https://doi.org/10.1093/mts/mtaa008

 “The Formal Function of Fortspinnung.” Theory & Practice 43 (2018): 1–32

 “Blainville’s New Mode, or How the Plagal Cadence Became ‘Plagal.’” Eighteenth-Century Music 12, no. 1 (March 2015): 69–90


Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

Stipendien und Preise

2017Full funding to attend summer workshop on digital critical editions, Digital Latin Library, University of Oklahoma,
2013, 2015H.S. Gerstle Travel Fund, Columbia University
2014Directors’ Scholarship Fund, Rare Book School
2012–2013Dissertation Fellow in Music, Columbia University
2008–2012Faculty Fellow in Music
2007, 2008University of British Columbia Medal (in Music)
2006Prize for Musicology, University of British Columbia, 2006
2005, 2006Harry and Marjorie Anne Slim Memorial Scholarship in Music,  University of British Columbia
2005Wallace Berry Memorial Prize in Music Theory, University of British Columbia,