Dr. Elizabeth Medina-Gray is assistant professor of music theory in the School of Music at Ithaca College, where she teaches courses in music theory, aural skills, and (in Fall 2017) analysis of video game music. Dr. Medina-Gray received her Ph.D. in Music Theory from Yale University in 2014. In her dissertation and subsequent research, she has focused on developing novel analytical approaches to music and sound in video games. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, including national meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the American Musicological Society, and the North American Conference on Video Game Music (NACVGM). She currently serves on the program committee for NACVGM, and is an associate editor for the forthcoming Journal of Sound and Music in Games. Her work appears in Music in Video Games: Studying Play (Routledge 2014), Ludomusicology: Approaches to Video Game Music (Equinox Publishing 2016), and The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound (Routledge 2017). Her other research interests include 20th-century tonal music, and geometric and algebraic representations of musical space.
Prior to arriving at Ithaca College in 2016, Dr. Medina-Gray taught courses in music theory and aural skills at Yale University, Oberlin Conservatory, and Humboldt State University. She has worked with a diverse body of students in a wide variety of academic environments, and she aims to encourage high levels of musicality and critical engagement in her classrooms. Dr. Medina-Gray also holds M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in Music Theory from Yale, as well as a B.A. in Music and Chemistry from Swarthmore College. Outside of her professional pursuits, she enjoys nature, bird watching, and gardening.