Dr. Crystal Peebles joined the Music Theory faculty at Ithaca College in Fall 2014 following a visiting position at Northern Arizona University. She completed her undergraduate studies in Music Education and Suzuki Pedagogy from East Carolina University and her graduate studies in Music Theory from Florida State University. Her dissertation explores the connection between musical expectation and the perception of musical closure.
She has presented her research in music cognition both regionally and internationally. Along with research in music cognition, she has presented research regionally and nationally on the Analysis of Music Since 1945 and Performance and Analysis. She has also published an article on Music Theory Pedagogy in the open-source book Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy entitled "Using Audacity to Participate in Active Musical Listening."
Dr. Peebles is active in the contra dance community as a dancer, musician, and caller. She has recently taken a scholarly interest in dance, working with Dr. Matt Thomas in the math department to examine mathematical representations of the structure of contra dancing.