Daniel O’Meara is an Associate Professor and Programme Director of the Liberal Arts Core at Richmond American University London.
Dan teaches courses in the university’s service learning programme, which links students’ personal and academic development with social engagement with our local community. Previously, he has worked and taught in international higher education in varying capacities at institutions in the US and UK.
His research background is in musicology, with a focus on listening practices, improvisation, music and media, and the role of technology in mediating musical experience. Dan has written and presented on music in video games, jazz listenership, popular music, and other domains of music theory, history, and analysis.
- PhD, Musicology (Princeton University, 2016)
- MA, Musicology (Princeton University, 2012)
- BS, Mathematics / Music History & Analysis (Northeastern University, 2009)
Teaching & learning
- GEP 3105 Tools for Change
- GEP 4105 Social Change in Practice
- GEP 5104 Service Learning: Global Citizenship & Migration
- “Rocksmith and the Shaping of Player Experience,” chapter in Music Video Games: Performance, Politics, and Play, ed. Michael Austin (New York: Bloomsbury, 2016): 229-250.
- “Unmistakable”: How Jazz Listeners Identify Style, PhD diss. (Princeton University, 2016).
- “Constructing Coltrane, Misremembering ‘Giant Steps’”; Music and Sonic Art (MuSA): Sounding Identities Conference 2022, Royal Music Association and Middlesex University; September 2022.
- “‘I’ll Bet My Drums On It’: Stylistic Identification and the Down Beat ‘Blindfold Test’”; Columbia Music Scholarship Conference 2016, Columbia University; February 2016.
- “Listening to Improvisation: Categorization and Stylistic Recognition in Jazz”; Perspectives on Musical Improvisation II Conference, University of Oxford; September 2014.
- ”Categorization and Stylistic Recognition in Jazz”; Music Graduate Student Association at the University at Buffalo’s 7th Annual Symposium, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York; March 2014.
- “Uncovering Implicit Music Theories in Rocksmith”– Ludomusicology 2014 Game Audio Conference, University of Chichester, April 2014.
- “‘The World in Which the Twelve Notes Hold Sway’: Uses of the Chromatic Aggregate in the B Minor Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I” – Spring 2013 Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, University of Delaware, April 2013.