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Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance

Faculty Janette Tilley, Chair

Janette TilleyEmail:
Phone: 718-960-7112
Office: Music Building, Room 201
Office Hours: M 10:30-11:30am; W 10:30am-12:30pm; Th 3:00-5:00pm; and by appointment 
Rank: Associate Professor 
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.Mus., M.A., University of British Columbia; Ph.D., University of Toronto

Professor Tilley’s research focuses on seventeenth and early eighteenth-century Lutheran Germany. She is interested in the intersections between music and piety, homiletics, and the construction of meaning in sacred vocal works. Additional research interests include gender studies, women’s musical activities, and Canadian music. She earned a doctorate from the University of Toronto with a dissertation on sacred German dialogue compositions of the seventeenth century. Her research has been funded by the DAAD, the City University of New York, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Herzog August Bibliothek. She has published articles in Schütz-JahrbuchEarly Music HistoryMusic & Letters, and the Canadian University Music Review. Her edition of Andreas Hammerschmidt’s 1645 setting of the Song of Songs was published by A-R Editions in 2008. She is editor-in-chief for the Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music (, an open access, refereed publication of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.

In her teaching, Professor Tilley is interested in developing in students the skills and habits of mind that will serve them best for a rapidly changing future. Learning about music’s history is as important as learning how to learn and how to put that learning into action. Since 2005, she has been involved with the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Lehman College and has written on the use of student writing projects in the music classroom. The history sequence at Lehman College therefore includes a wide variety of activities that engage with technology, practical research, and purposeful writing projects.


  • Tilley, Janette. (2010). Gospel Settings in Seventeenth-Century Lutheran Germany: Meditation in the Service of Musical Homiletics. SchützJahrbuch, Kassel: Barenreiter-Verlag, 147-163.
  • Tilley, J. (2009). Learning from Lazarus: The seventeenth-century Lutheran art of dying. Early Music History, 28, 139-184.
  • "Listening with a Pen: can writing about music help students become betters listener? Using writing in a music appreciation course"  Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Gallery of Teaching and Learning, 2008.
  • "Meditation and Consolatory Soul-God Dialogues in Seventeenth-Century Lutheran Germany," Music and Letters  88 (2007): 436–75. 
  • "Representations of Gender in Barbara Pentland's Disasters of the SunCanadian University Music Reiew / Revue de musique des universites canadiennes vol. 22 no. 2 (2002)
  • "Eternal Recurrence: Aspects of Melody in the Orchestral Music of Claude Vivier" Discourses in Music 2 no1. (2001)

Scholarly Editions of Music

  • Andreas Hammerschmidt's Geistlicher Dialogen Ander Theil / Darinnen Herrn Opitzens Hohes Lied Salomonis (Dresden, 1645). Recent Researches in Music of the Baroque, vol. 150. A-R Editions, 2008.