B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance, University of Kansas (Lawrence)

M.A. and Ph.D. in Historical Musicology, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Research Interests

Twentieth-century music, American music, American experimental music, historiography, indeterminate and improvised music, music and ideology, new music culture in Germany

Current Research

Amy Beal is currently completing a book on the history of American music in West Germany from 1945-1990.

Amy C. Beal joined the UCSC music faculty in 2001, where she now teaches primarily American and twentieth-century music history and performance practice. Her primary research and recent publications (in The Journal of the American Musicological Society, American Music, and The Musical Quarterly) explore the history and historiography of American experimental music. Beal has been the recipient of the Society for American Music's Wiley Housewright (Dissertation) Award and the American Musicological Society's Alfred Einstein (Article) Award. Originally trained as a classical pianist, Beal currently leads the UCSC Contemporary Music Ensemble and performs locally with several new music groups and Indonesian gamelan ensembles. She remains professionally active in the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the College Music Society.