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John Leupold, II, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Music

Music Theory, Composition

  • D.M.A., Music Composition, University of Maryland-College Park, 2009
  • M.M., Percussion Performance and Composition, Appalachian State University, 2006
  • B.M., Percussion Performance and Composition, Appalachian State University, 2004
  • MUS 130: Music Theory I
  • MUS 131: Music Theory II
  • MUS 230: Music Theory III
  • MUS 231: Music Theory IV
  • MUS 430: Orchestration and Arranging
  • MUS 294: Applied Composition
  • MUS 294: Steel Band
Professional Experience

Dr. Leupold holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He holds two Master of Music degrees from Appalachian State University in Music Theory/Composition and Percussion Performance. As a composer, his music explores a blend of modern “classical” music, popular music, and world music with rhythm at its core. Dr. Leupold’s compositions have been performed at various venues throughout the U.S. His works have been selected for performance at multiple conferences for the College Music Society (CMS) and the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI).

As an educator, Dr. Leupold has taught music theory and composition at various institutions throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  These include St. Mary’s College of Maryland, University of Maryland, College Park, Towson University, and Anne Arundel Community College.  His most recent publication is as a partner in Exposition Music, an online music theory assessment tool used in Music Fundamentals textbooks by Pearson Publishing.

Dr. Leupold is also an avid performer.  As a percussionist, he has performed throughout the U.S. as a soloist and as an ensemble member.  He currently performs with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra and the Anne Arundel Community College Orchestra.  He has studied steel pan performance in Trinidad and Tobago and tabla performance with Pandit Sharda Sahai in London, England.

Listen to Dr. Leupold’s compositions at his website: http://www.johnleupold.com/