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Dr. Jessie   Fillerup
Dr. Jessie Fillerup
Associate Professor of Musicology

I’m a scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French music, with a particular focus on the music of Maurice Ravel. My work has appeared in 19th-Century Music, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and Music Theory Online, and I am working on a book manuscript titled Magician of Sound: Ravel and the Aesthetics of Illusion. In the book, I develop an understanding of how Ravel’s music might function like perceptual illusions by studying how illusions work from the perspective of neuroscientists, philosophers, and magicians. More broadly, I study the role of music in nineteenth-century theatrical magic shows and the phenomenology of musical time.

I teach courses in research methods, gender studies, general education, and the first-year seminar program. My essays on teaching and pedagogy have appeared in The Music History Classroom, edited by James Davis, and Vitalizing Music History Teaching, edited by James R. Briscoe. I have developed interactive listening guides and quizzes for Norton music textbooks, including A History of Western Music (7th and 8th eds.) and The Enjoyment of Music (11th ed.)   

Grants and Fellowships
External grants
Associated Colleges of the South, Faculty Advancement Grant ($10,000) with colleagues from Sewanee University, 2013
Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, 2011
National Endowment for the Humanities, Enduring Questions grant ($24,978), 2010

Internal grants
Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, University of Richmond, 2016
FYS Pilot Program Grant, 2016
Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, 2015
PETE Course Transformation Grant, 2015
Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, 2014
A&S International Travel Grant, 2013
PETE Course Transformation Grant, 2013
Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, 2012
Faculty Development Grant, University of Mary Washington, 2010–2011
Faculty Supplemental Research Grants (3), 2009–2010
Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Kansas, 2008
First-Year Honors Graduate Fellowship, University of Kansas, 2002


Ned N. Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award, Washburn University, 2005

Performance prize, Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau, France, 2000

Fontainebleau Foundation Study Abroad Award, 2000



“Lucia’s Ghosts: Sonic, Gothic, and Postmodern.” Cambridge Opera Journal, forthcoming 2017.

“Ravel’s Lost Time” (review–essay). Journal of the Royal Musical Association 139 (Spring 2014): pp. 205–220.

“Ravel and Robert-Houdin, Magicians.” 19th-Century Music 37 (Fall 2013): pp. 130–158.

“Eternity in Each Moment: Temporal Strategies in Ravel’s Le Gibet.” Music Theory Online, vol. 19, no. 1 (March 2013).

“Composing Voices and Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole.” In On Voice: Word and Music Studies 13, edited by Walter Bernhart and Lawrence Kramer, 179–196. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013.

“Ravel, La Valse, and the Purloined Plot.” College Music Symposium 49/50 (2009–2010): 345–355.


“Professional Development.” In The Music History Classroom, edited by James Davis, 171–185.  Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2012.

“Cage and the Chaotic Classroom: Pedagogy for the Avant-garde.” In Vitalizing Music History Teaching, edited by James R. Briscoe, 177–188. New York: Pendragon, 2010.


Review of Jean Cras, Polymath of Music and Letters, by Paul-André Bempéchat. Journal of Military History 74, no. 4 (October 2010): pp. 1291–1293.

Review of The Art of French Piano Music: Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Chabrier, by Roy Howat. Fontes artis musicae 57, no. 3 (July 2010): 326–328.

Additional Publications

Pedagogical Materials

Listening quizzes for A History of Western Music, 9th edition, Burkholder/Grout (2013).

Interactive listening guides for The Enjoyment of Music: Essential Listening, 11th edition, Machlis/Forney (2009-2010).

Listening quizzes for A History of Western Music, 8th edition, Burkholder/Grout (2008–2009).


Ph.D., University of Kansas
M.M., University of Arizona
Piano Performance
B.F.A., University of Arizona
Music, Literature, Art History
Contact Information
W-201D Booker Hall
(804) 484-1586