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Daniel L. Batchelder

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology
Office: Emery Hall
Tel: 513-556-6638

Daniel Batchelder is a musicologist specializing in twentieth and twenty first century American musical cultures. His primary research and teaching examine the dramatic and expressive functions of music in stage and screen musicals, with an emphasis on the animated musicals of the Walt Disney Studios. He has current and forthcoming publications in Notes and American Music, along with chapters in collections from Routledge and Oxford University Press.

Daniel's PhD dissertation "American Magic: Song, Animation, and Drama in Disney's Golden Age Musicals (1928-1942)" was awarded the Adel Heinrich Award for Achievement in Musicological Research. He is currently serving as guest editor for a special Disney edition of the journal American Music.


  • PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 2018 (Musicology).
  • Master of Studies, Oxford University, 2012 (Historical Musicology).
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 2010 (Music History).
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 2010 (Music Performance).


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Daniel Batchelder (2016). (In Press). “Facsimile Score for a Disney Animated Film: Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Master Score”. Notes, 73 (1), 157.
  • Daniel Batchelder (In Progress). "Snow White and the Seventh Art: Cultural Politics of the Animated Musical". American Music.

Book Chapters

  • Daniel Batchelder (In Progress). "'Paris by Hand:' Gay Purr-ee and The Aristocats". Paris and the Musical: The City of Lights on Stage and Screen London: Routledge.
  • Daniel Batchelder (In Progress). "Disney's Musical Landscapes". The Oxford Handbook of Children's Film New York: Oxford University Press.

Experience & Service

Courses Taught

  • Disney's Animated Musicals
    Level: Undergraduate
  • Music in Disney Film
    Level: Graduate
  • Stephen Sondheim's Broadway Musicals
    Level: Graduate
  • The Broadway Musical
    Level: Both
  • Exoticism in Music
    Level: Graduate