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Ryan Taycher is an Adjunct Faculty member at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he teaches the two-semester music theory sequence in the Theatre Conservatory. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory at Indiana University and a Graduate Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago. His dissertation, entitled “De fundamento discanti: Structure and Elaboration in Fourteenth-Century Diminished Counterpoint,” seeks to develop a rigorous methodology, rooted in historical thought, for analyzing tonal structures and elaboration in fourteenth-century polyphony. He has presented on various topics at national, regional, and graduate student conferences, received the Best Paper Award at the 2016 AVISTA Medieval Graduate Student Symposium, and his article on two songs by Hugo Wolf was published in the Journal of Schenkerian Studies. His research interests include late-Medieval and Renaissance music, the history of music theory, and Schenkerian analysis.