Carla Colletti, Ph.D. | Webster University

Carla Colletti, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies and Music Theory
Associate Professor of Music
Music theory


Carla Colletti

Dr. Carla R. Colletti is Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of Music Theory at Webster University in Saint Louis.  As an educator and scholar, Dr. Colletti’s interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning and how to empower students to own their education, both in the classroom and outside of it.  Current projects include teaching students to ask better questions, emphasizing growth mindset characteristics and goal setting in the music theory classroom, and assessing student learning in meaningful ways.  She has shared her research at local, regional, and national conferences including the Association of American Colleges and Universities General Education and Assessment Conference.  Her work is also available in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy and Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.

 Dr. Colletti’s additional research interests include the music of Francis Poulenc; connections between music, literature, and art; film music; and nineteenth-century chromaticism.  Her dissertation, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Selected Works by Francis Poulenc, explores how methods of inquiry derived from surrealism are applicable to three works by Francis Poulenc.  She also served as Assistant Editor for The Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia, published in 2014. 

 Dr. Colletti also remains active as an oboist, and she has performed with a variety of ensembles in the St. Louis area and beyond.  Outside of music, she enjoys exercising, spending time with her family, and watching Masterpiece Mystery on PBS.  

 Dr. Colletti holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Music Performance and Composition from Western Illinois University, and a B.M. in Music Performance from Millikin University.  Prior to joining the Webster faculty, she was on faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.