Music Department


Diane FolletDiane W. Follet Email Diane W. Follet

Department Chair
Associate Professor of Music
Center for the Arts 253


Bachelor of Music, Music Theory, with Highest Honors, University of Texas at Austin
Master of Music, Music Theory, University of Arizona
Doctor of Arts, Music Theory and Vocal Performance, University of Northern Colorado


Music Theory I, II, and III
Form and Analysis
The Phenomena of Genius (First-Year Seminar on genius and Mozart)
Physics of Music (team-taught with Dr. Jane Flood, Physics)
Women in Music
The Songs of Schubert and Schumann

Dr. Follet joined the faculty of Muhlenberg College in 2000, having spent several years as a practicing CPA before returning to the pursuit of a career in music. Her dissertation was a two-part project consisting of a one-act chamber opera that she composed and supporting research on women in the 20C. Her opera, Echo, received its world premier in October, 2000, and was selected for performance at Otterbein College's festival, "Women in Music: A Celebration of Accomplishment," in 2005.

Active as a teacher, performer, and scholar, Dr. Follet's research interests include music theory pedagogy, technology in teaching, music and the brain, and gender issues in music. Her publications have appeared in the IAWM Journal, Women and Music in America since 1900: An Encyclopedia, the Journal of Singing, College Music Symposium, and Music Theory Pedagogy Online. She has presented at conferences of the College Music Society, Society for Music Theory, Music Library Association, and Feminist Theory & Music. Her creative work includes compositions for the Muhlenberg College Choir, and she has been a guest violinist with and conducted the Muhlenberg Chamber Orchestra. She currently coaches Musica da Camera, a student chamber music ensemble that she founded and in which she occasionally plays violin.

Dr. Follet is very active in the College Music Society, serving as immediate past Treasurer, a member of the Committee on Careers Outside the Academy, a member of the Program Committee for the 2013 CMS National Conference in Boston, and current Treasurer of the CMS Fund, the charitable arm of the College Music Society.

She and her husband, Bob, a music librarian, are avid readers who also enjoy cooking, opera, and playing with their two precious black-and-white cats, Charlie and Cruz.