Derek R. Strykowski

Clinical Assistant Professor

310 Baird Hall
(716) 645-0631


PhD, Brandeis University


Historical Musicology


Derek R. Strykowski recently began a two-year appointment as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Music. He holds a PhD in historical musicology from Brandeis University. In addition to offering instruction in the undergraduate music history sequence, Strykowski also introduces non-majors to the department through “Understanding Music,” a Pathways course within the new UB Curriculum.

As a scholar, Strykowski works to explain the history of composition from a social-scientific perspective in order to advance our theoretical knowledge of the relationship between compositional circumstance and the development of musical style. He also maintains a second program of research involving the formal empirical analysis of sixteenth-century polyphony—a methodology that frequently falls under the heading of the digital humanities. His research appears in the Journal of Musicological Research and the Empirical Musicology Review.