Todd Decker is serving as the editor of American Music, the oldest scholarly journal devoted to the subject, from 2020 to 2022.
Todd Decker is Professor of Musicology at Washington University, St. Louis, MO where he teaches courses on twentieth-century American popular music, film music, and eighteenth-century European art music.
Professor Decker has published four books on commercial popular music in the United States from the 1920s to the present. Professor Decker has given numerous scholarly presentations nationally and internationally, including at the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the University of Texas at Austin, the College of William and Mary, and Northwestern University. He is an international partner with the Labex Arts-H2H project Musical MC2, based in Paris.
Decker regularly serves as an expert witness in music copyright disputes, including the 2019 “Dark Horse” case.
Professor Decker received his Ph.D. in historical musicology at the University of Michigan in 2007 and was selected for an Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Fellowship by the American Musicological Society in 2006-07. He joined the faculty of Washington University in fall 2007—after a one-year visiting position at UCLA—and teaches courses on twentieth-century American popular music, film music, and eighteenth-century European art music.
Outside his work on American music, Prof. Decker has published articles on eighteenth-century keyboard composer Domenico Scarlatti and holds a Master of Music in harpsichord performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has many years of experience performing on harpsichord, piano, and organ, as well as conducting, directing, choreographing, and performing musical theatre.