Research at the College

Building upon a strong tradition of inquiry in music and theatre subdisciplines, the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts generates exceptional empirical research and disseminates findings in top-tier publications.

Our research produces new knowledge, influences teaching practice in the performing arts throughout the world and prepares the next generation of scholars to contribute to the music and theatre professions.

Through original, ground-breaking productions and concerts, our performance faculty continually contribute to the dynamic creative life in Louisiana, the United States and abroad. Meaningful engagement in the music and theatre arts within our local community is changing lives and preparing our undergraduate and graduate students to be artistic creators and leaders.

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Scroll through the gallery above for highlights from the 2022 CMDA Research Expo.


Recent CMDA Research News

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College Names Pam Pike Associate Dean Of Research, Creative Practice, and Community Engagement

The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts announced it has named Pamela Pike, Herndon Spillman Professor of Piano Pedagogy in the LSU School of Music, as the new Associate Dean of Research, Creative Practice, and Community Engagement, effective Oct. 18.

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Daniel Isbell Awarded Modern Band Fellowship

Daniel Isbell, Associate Professor of Music Education, was recently awarded the Modern Band Higher Education Fellowship from Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization with the mission of restoring, expanding, and innovating music education, and bringing innovative and inclusive music education experiences to students.

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LSU Creates Virtual Production Program for Real-Time Filmmaking

A five-year grant of $1.25 million from the LED Entertainment Development Fund will establish the LSU Virtual Production Program, a dedicated curriculum and production environment to cultivate a new generation of students fluent in the technologies and approaches of emerging media filmmaking.

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