Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology

Dr TM Pooley

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 481 2830


  • PhD – University of Pennsylvania
  • MA – University of Pennsylvania
  • MMus (distinction) – University of the Witwatersrand
  • BA Honours (summa cum laude) – University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • BA Music – University of KwaZulu-Natal 

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Modernism and Twentieth Century Music
  • Nineteenth Century Piano Music
  • Music and Apartheid
  • Southern African Studies
  • Melody and Song Prosody 


Book chapters:

  • ‘Dismantling Music’: 2013. Pooley, T.M. "Dismantling Music": Reductionist models and evolutionary explanations in music cognition, 43-48. In Leroy, J.-L (dir.). Actualités des Universaux en Musique/Topics in Universals in Music. Paris, France: Edition des Archives Contemporaines. 

Journal articles

  • 2013. Pooley, T.M. "Afrika-Voorstellings": Stefans Grové se Liedere en Danse van Afrika as fiksies. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe. 53 (2): 170-182.
  • 2010/2011. Pooley, T.M. "Never the twain shall meet": Africanist art music and the end of Apartheid. South African Music Studies. 30/31: 45-69.
  • 2008. Pooley, T.M. Organic Unity in Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Piano Music. Musicus, 35 (2): 72-82. Accredited Article.  

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Benjamin Franklin Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Booth Ferris Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Penfield Research Award, University of Pennsylvania
  • National Research Foundation Prestigious Masters Scholarship 


  • Melody as Prosody: Toward a Usage-Based Theory of Music.
  • Art Music and Apartheid.
  • Zulu Song: isicathamiya, maskandi, and genres of dance.