Dan teaches post-1700 topics broadly across the Music curriculum, including Musical Analysis and Criticism (Prelims and Finals), the Introduction to the History of Western Music (Prelims), and Nineteenth-Century Symphony (Finals). He leads a graduate course on Music and Landscape, and convenes one of the graduate research seminars. He is currently supervising 4 doctoral students on topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century music.
Dan's research is concerned with music, landscape, and cultural geography, with particular reference to Scandinavian music (Grieg, Sibelius and Nielsen) and early twentieth-century English music (Elgar, Delius, and Vaughan Williams). Drawing widely on analytical, historical and critical theoretical models, Dan's writing examines landscape both as a medium of representation or description and as a mode of embodiment or performance. His work is concerned with the ways in which particular landscapes nuance or determine our responses to music and sound, and equally the extent to which our sense of landscape and environment is shaped by patterns or fields of acoustic perception.
Editor and Contributor, Jean Sibelius and his World (Princeton University Press, 2011)