Dr Howard Wilde

Lecturer in Music

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Arts


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Howard Wilde studied Music at Oxford, King's College London and Royal Holloway, where he completed a thesis on voice-leading theory in 16th-century counterpoint.

His teaching and research interests include Schenkerian theory, Renaissance polyphony (especially Josquin) and the singer-songwriter since 1960 (especially Dylan). A recorder player and occasional songwriter, Howard also plays Scrabble at international level.


Research Interests

  • 16th- and early 17th-century polyphony (especially Josquin, Palestrina and Gesualdo)

  • Folk-rock and the singer-songwriter as auteur, 1960 to the present

  • Theory and analysis (especially Schenkerian and neo-Schenkerian approaches)


Wilde H, Tangled Up in "Blue": the Shadow of Dylan and Stylistic Swerves in Early Seventies Joni Mitchell, Bloomsbury (forthcoming, 2018)

Wilde H, review of Allan Moore's Analysing Popular Music, Journal of Music, Technology and Education, vol 2/2 (2008)

Wilde H, review of Barbara Lebrun's Protest Music in France, Journal of Music, Technology and Education, vol 3 (2010)

Wilde H, review of Charles Fairchild's Pop Idols and Pirates, Journal of Music, Technology and Education, vol 2/1 (2008)

Wilde H, Studies in Music 1750-2000: Interpretation and Analysis. Mozart and Voice-Leading, Open University (2002)


Programmes taught on

Modules list


  • Studies in Musical Style to 1830

  • Arts Foundation

Current teaching folio
  • Music, Criticism and Culture

  • Rock and Popular Musicology

  • Songwriting

  • Popular Music in Context

  • Individual Project

  • Making Music

  • Music Theory

Research PhDs

  • Dylan and the singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s

  • Schenkerian analysis

  • Theoretical issues in early music

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Music, University of Oxford (1989)

  • MMus Theory and Analysis, King's College, London (1990)

  • PhD in Music Theory, Royal Holloway (1995)

External roles

  • Academic consultant for University Centre, Doncaster

  • Academic consultant for Rotherham College