Gregory E. Weinstein


Ph.D. University of Chicago
B.A. Princeton University


My research engages with the intersections of creativity and mediation in a variety of musical contexts, especially those that concern the creation and reception of musical recordings. I am interested in the ways in which recordings challenge traditional notions of what it means to be creative by expanding our understanding of where musical activity takes place.

I am currently writing about recording practices in contemporary classical music recording studios, with a particular focus on how record producers and engineers work with musicians to define a musical interpretation and to realize that interpretation through acoustic and technological means on a recording. Thus, my research attends to historically contingent ideas about what sort of "thing" music is and the ways in which contemporary forms of mediation have provoked a convergence of popular and classical ideologies.

As a teacher of both writing and music, I emphasize the socially and culturally contextual nature of our rhetorical activities. Having been trained within the University of Chicago's Writing Program, I teach freshman writing at Davidson College, where I take a reader-focused approach to persuasive argument that encourages students to adopt and embody the practices of a given discourse. My musical teaching interests focus on mediation and performativity, issues that I approach through close listening and group discussion.


WRI 101 Noise: A course in Listening and Writing
MUS 122 Music of the United States