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University of Minnesota Duluth

Music History Faculty


Bettina S. Muehlenbeck,
Ph.D. Assistant Professor,


Dr. Bettina Muehlenbeck is the musicologist in the Music Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has been serving in this position since 2011. Her responsibilities encompass teaching Historical Musicology and related courses in the graduate as well as undergraduate programs. Apart from this, she teaches non-major applied Piano lessons. Dr. Muehlenbeck earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology as well as a Master of Arts in Musicology at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Prior to this, she pursued Music Performance studies in Germany and the USA and holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Wyoming. In addition, she studied Philosophy, Musicology, English and German Literature in the Master of Arts program at the University of Düsseldorf. For three consecutive years, Dr. Muehlenbeck was a recipient of the prestigious Doctoral Fellowship Award of Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation, Germany. Her research area is the music history of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, textual criticism, and music aesthetics. Her current primary research concern is the life and works of the English Romantic Sir William Sterndale Bennett, engaging with critical editions of his diaries, letters and musical works in foundational research on this neglected composer and piano virtuoso. Further research interests address the intellectual and artistic movement of Romanticism in Europe as well as the Americas and the ensuing cultural transfer. A special focus of hers is the musico-philosophical approach and aesthetic of Canada’s pianist extraordinaire, Glenn Gould. Dr. Muehlenbeck has given papers and presentations across the United States and Europe, including the Royal College of Music London and the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research. Pianistically, her primary interests belong to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Dimitri Schostakowitsch.




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