Dr. Baumer teaches the undergraduate music history survey, as well as graduate courses in music history and music research. His interests include nineteenth-century program music, particularly the orchestral music of Franz Liszt, the representation of gender in instrumental music, and African American gospel music. After graduating with a degree in choral music education from Drake University, he earned the M.M. in piano performance as well as the M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the faculty at IUP, he taught music history at Middle Tennessee State University and was the managing editor of The Instrumentalist. He has presented papers at national and regional meetings of the American Musicological Society and at other conferences in the United States and England. Performing interests include collaborative piano and singing in early music ensembles.
"This was my first semester teaching in the Honors College, and I loved it—the students’ eagerness to thoroughly consider musical issues from many angles made for an exciting and stimulating semester. I wish I could spend more time working with these students!"