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Music History, Instrumental Music Performance Advisor, Professor
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught 
Music History
World Music
Graduate Research and Composer Seminar
Chamber Music
Research Interests 
20th century music

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Musicology
M.A., California State University at Fresno, Music History & Literature
B.A., Central Washington University, Music

Selected Publications 

Articles have appeared in Asian Music (1991 and 2001), and Community of Music (1993).

A published study of iconography of traditional Chinese musical performance appeared in Imago Musicae (1995), the International Yearbook of Musical Iconography, Innsbruck, Austria.

He is the author of Chou Wen-Chung: The Life and Work of a Contemporary Chinese-born American Composer (2006)

Articles on contemporary American composers for Contemporary Music Review (2007); The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Arts (2007)

Book review for Ethnomusicology (2007)

Article on Handel's 7 Trio Sonatas, Op. 5 for the Journal of Central Conservatory of Music (2016)


Professor Peter Chang teaches Music History that comprises a sequence of three undergraduate courses. He also teaches graduate research seminars and seminars of selected composers, as well as courses in a given musical style period. For non-music majors, he teaches World Music, a music appreciation course of non-Western cultures that fulfills the general education requirements. In the area of applied music, he directs chamber music ensembles, the String Program, and has taught applied violin.

Specializing in the music of the twentieth-century, Professor Chang has worked on the study of the mechanism for musical synthesis in contemporary music. His articles have appeared in Asian Music (1991, and 2001), Community of Music (1993), Imago Musicae (1995), Contemporary Music Review (2007), Ethnomusicology (2007), as well as articles published in The Symphony World (2006), the Journal of Central Conservatory of Music (2016), and Peoples’ Music (2009) in China. He is the author of Chou Wen-Chung: The Life and Work of a Contemporary Chinese-born American Composer (2006). He has been invited to give lectures, and to teach courses at several universities and conservatories in China.

Professor Chang treats all of his students with respect, and wants to make their learning experience at Northeastern a rewarding one.

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