Garrett Michaelsen is Assistant Professor of Musicianship and Music Theory at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His work as a teacher, researcher, and performer is focused on improvisation in music. He co-designed the Musicianship and Analysis sequence at UML around the ways improvisation can be used to learn music theory and develop ear training. His research theorizes about the interactive group processes that structure jazz improvisations. And his performances as a trumpet player involve improvisation in jazz, avant-garde, tango, and other musical styles.


PhD in Music Theory, Indiana University (2013)

MM in Music Theory, Indiana University (2008)

BM in Jazz Performance, Eastman School of Music (2002)

BA in English Literature, University of Rochester (2002)

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  • Hello world! (Society for Music Theory – Jazz Interest Group, 2019-01-16)

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