Adriana Ponce

Adriana Ponce, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music

B.M. Boston University; M.M., Brandeis University; Ph.D., Brandeis University;

Adriana Ponce is currently Assistant Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University where she teaches upper level music history courses in the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, the two-semester music history survey, a general education music appreciation course and a course in world musics.  Prior to her current appointment, she was Visiting Assistant Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University—where she taught music history and theory courses— and held other teaching appointments at Rutgers University, Bradley University and abroad.   She got her Bachelor in Music at Boston University and her Master in Arts and Ph.D. (in musicology) at Brandeis University.  There she wrote a dissertation entitled Chopin’s Ballades: A Study in Romantic Form and Time under the direction of Allan Keiler.


Her main research areas of interest revolve around questions of form and style in the early romantic period, history of form, historiography, and gender.  She has presented papers on her research in local, national and international conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Society of Music Theory (U.S.A), The Society of Music Analysis (U.K.) and will be presenting a paper in the Third International Congress: Chopin 1810-2010 organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw.  


She co-authored a five-level Theory and Solfege Method, Sounds Around us, for the Edward Sa’id National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem, and edited a book of piano arrangements of popular and traditional Arabic melodies for the same institute.  Since 2008, she has been a regular participant in the Annual Retreat of Arabic Music organized by the Arab American Arts Institute in Mount Holyoke College.


email phone (309) 556-3115 office Presser 155
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Office Hours
updated January 2014
Monday 3-4:30
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
Thursday 8-10
Friday 2-3:30