Music Department


Timothy CochranTimothy B. Cochran

Visiting Assistant Professor
Center for the Arts 230




Ph.D., Musicology, Rutgers University
M.M., Music Theory, Temple University
B.M., Music Theory and Composition, West Chester University


Haydn & Mozart
Introduction to Music
Music History I & II
Pop, Rock, & Soul
Sounding Green: Music & the Art of Environment (First-year seminar)

Dr. Cochran received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Rutgers University with a dissertation on composer Olivier Messiaen’s analyses of Claude Debussy’s music. His dissertation blends perspectives of music history, theory, and hermeneutics.

His research and teaching interests are eclectic and include musical narrative and interpretation, romantic and modernist aesthetics, the culture of popular music, musical representations of environment, and intersections between music and other arts, especially film and dance. He has presented his research at national and international conferences including recent meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Music Theory, and the International Congress on Musical Signification. His publications appear or are forthcoming in The Journal of Musicology, 19th-Century Music, Theoria: Historical Aspects of Music Theory, Twentieth Century Music, and Notes.

Prior to joining the faculty at Muhlenberg, Dr. Cochran taught courses in music history and theory at Temple University, Westminster Choir College, and Rutgers University. His primary instrument is the euphonium.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Cochran enjoys spending time with his family, reading novels, and cheering on the Philadelphia sports teams.