Dr. Bruno Alcalde

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music


Bruno's main instrument is electric guitar and he has performed with rock, jazz, and Brazilian music groups throughout the years. As a composer, his chamber music works have been performed several times in Brazil. His main research interests are musical style and genre, hybridity in music, and communicational issues of 20th-century music (concert and popular). Other interests include topic theory, situated cognition, and the study of record production in popular music, and his work on these areas has been presented in the United States and abroad. Bruno’s dissertation develops an analytical framework for mixtures of style and genre in music.


Ph.D., Northwestern University
Music Theory and Cognition

M.M., Indiana University
Music Theory

B.Mus., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Contact Information

B-112 Booker Hall
(804) 289-8279

Areas of Expertise

Music theory
Popular music
Music cognition
Post 1950s music
Musical style and genre