Dr. Diane Urista’s research focuses on the symbiotic relationship between performance and analysis, embodied musical understanding and aural skills pedagogy. Her book, The Moving Body in the Aural Skills Classroom, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Urista is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the American Dissertation Fellowship from the Association of University Women, Mellon Foundation, and President’s Fellowship from Columbia University. Urista currently serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.


  • BM in piano performance, cum laude, Concordia College
  • MM in music theory, Northwestern University
  • PhD in music theory, Columbia University
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics certification, The Juilliard School; studied with Robert Abramson

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
    • Music theory faculty, 2008–present
  • Oberlin Conservatory
    • Assistant professor of music theory
  • New York University
    • Music theory instructor
  • Columbia University
    • Music humanities instructor