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Assistant Clinical Professor of FIRE


Quick Facts:

  • Faculty Leader for Music & Social Identity

  • Arts for All Faculty Fellow, 2024-2025

  • PhD - Music


Elizabeth Massey is a musicologist and Assistant Clinical Professor in the First-Year Innovation & Research Experience program in the Office of Undergraduate Research. She teaches and supervises undergraduate research within the Music & Social Identity research stream. Students working with Massey consider how musical performance can be connected to different aspects of identity to recognize diverse historical voices, analyze how those voices were constructed and often oppressed, and ultimately reflect on how current musical performances affect culture. To make their research publicly accessible, her students curate physical and digital exhibits focused on music-making practices at the University of Maryland.

Massey is highly invested in pedagogy and the scholarship of teaching and learning, focusing on how to teach threshold concepts and skills that are transferable between fields. Her musicological research focuses on performance traditions, social function, and reception history. Massey also works as a public musicologist, writing program notes and giving public lectures for the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 


  • PhD - Music, University of Maryland

  • MM - Musicology, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

  • MM - Bassoon Performance, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins Univeristy

  • BA - History & Music, Gettysburg College

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