Dr. Trevor de Clercq

Associate Professor

Dr. Trevor de Clercq
615-898-5821
Room 222, John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 21, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, Eastman School of Music (2012)
  • MA, Eastman School of Music (2008)
  • MM, New York University (2000)
  • AB, Cornell University (1996)

Areas of Expertise

Music Theory, Popular Music, Empirical Musicology, Corpus Studies, Rhythm and Meter, Music Cognition, Music Technology, Audio Theory

Biography

Trevor de Clercq is Associate Professor in the Recording Industry faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, where he serves as coordinator for the musicianship curriculum and teaches coursework in music technology and audio theory. He has previously taught at Ithaca College, Hofstra University, Adelphi University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Rochester.

Trevor's academic training includes degrees from Cornell University (BA in music theory and composition...

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Trevor de Clercq is Associate Professor in the Recording Industry faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, where he serves as coordinator for the musicianship curriculum and teaches coursework in music technology and audio theory. He has previously taught at Ithaca College, Hofstra University, Adelphi University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Rochester.

Trevor's academic training includes degrees from Cornell University (BA in music theory and composition), New York University (MM in music technology), the Cleveland Institute of Electronics (AAS in electronics engineering technology), and the Eastman School of Music (MA and PhD in music theory). His primary areas of research include the theory and analysis of popular music, statistical studies of music, recording technology, and music cognition. His work is has been published in various academic journals—including Popular Music, Music Theory Online, the Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory SpectrumEmpirical Musicology Review, the Journal of New Music Research, the Journal of Music Theory PedagogyMusic Theory and Analysis, and the Dutch Journal of Music Theory—and he has presented at various regional, national, and international conferences on music theory, music cognition, and music pedagogy. He has served as a member of the editorial borads for Music Theory Spectrum, Musicae Scientiae, the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and Empirical Musciology Review, and was Interim Associate Editor for Music Theory Online. His Nashville Number System Fake Book was published by Hal Leonard in 2015. 

Prior to his academic career, Trevor worked in the recording industry around New York City. He gained experience at Sony Music Studios, Greene Street Recording, and Jarvis Studios before working as senior technician at Right Track Recording, where he supported albums by artists such as Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Pat Metheny, Nas, the Kronos Quartet, Rod Stewart, and James Taylor. After Right Track, he worked as technical specialist for professional audio and video at The New School, where he designed, installed, and maintained three recording studios, four video editing suites, thirteen multimedia classrooms, and numerous computer workstations.

In addition to his academic and technical background, Trevor is an avid songwriter and has self-published ten albums of songs to date. He has also written music for film, stage, and radio, including pieces for NPR and PRI. Fun fact: his rendition of "Silent Night" was included as diegetic music in the film Fahrenheit 9/11. Trevor plays piano, guitar, bass, and cello (plus a bit of banjo and mandolin).

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Courses

  • Commercial Musicianship
  • Advanced Commercial Musicianship
  • Digital Audio Technology
  • Audio Signals and Systems