Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Stephen Neely

Dr. Stephen Neely

Milton and Cynthia Friedman Assistant Professor of Music
Director of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center
Director of Graduate Studies

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Stephen Neely, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University Milton and Cynthia Friedman Assistant Professor of Music, Dalcroze License, co-founder and co-host of the Virtual Dalcroze Meet-up, and past President of the Dalcroze Society of America. 

Stephen is a teacher, conductor, theorist, and clinician who lectures and presents workshops in the fields of design, music, architecture, and pedagogy. He is a dynamic speaker–teacher–writer who enjoys traveling to present hands-on workshops and clinics in the US and around the globe focusing on the overlaps between music, design, the body, esthetics, performance, and experience.

He is the Director of the Carnegie Mellon Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center and Director of the Pre-College programs at Carnegie Mellon School of Music. He teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Dalcroze Pedagogy and has taught every BFA in Music Performance and Composition at CMU since 1999. He taught Dalcroze Eurhythmics and directed the Opera Workshop at Pittsburgh's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts for 23 years (1994–2018), served as Chorusmaster for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh from 1999–2010, was featured as the Hangman in Leonardo Balada’s early operas Hangman, Hangman and the world premiere of The Town of Greed for the Naxos label, and was a featured speaker at TEDxCMU 2012.  

He completed the PhD in Design at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design in 2019.
Dissertation title: Soma Literate Design–recentering the interstiality of experience

"My research focuses on the physical nature of experience and the reflections of the artful gesture in everyday interactions—that is, the ways in which our feeling bodies are necessary components of musical participation and how that understanding presents artful potential in any experience.”