Dr. Michelle Boyd

BM, Piano Performance (Acadia)
ARCT, Piano Teacher (Royal Conservatory of Music)
MA, Musicology (University of Toronto)
PhD, Musicology (University of Toronto)


168 Denton Hall
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B4P 2R6
F: (902) 585-1037


A graduate of Acadia University, Dr. Michelle Boyd is delighted to be part of the music faculty at her alma mater. She is an instructor of musicology, teaching courses on the history of Western Art Music.

Michelle studied at the University of Toronto for both her masters and doctoral degrees in musicology. She always had a particular affinity for the music of the 19th century, both as a performer and researcher, and with the encouragement of her doctoral supervisor, Professor Robin Elliott, she became interested in the history of Canada’s, and especially Nova Scotia’s music during that time period. The first extended study on 19th-century Nova Scotian music, Michelle’s doctoral dissertation examines the socio-cultural context of music-making in pre-Confederation Nova Scotia, addressing the roles music played as Nova Scotia transitioned from a colonial outpost to a Canadian province, and situating that history within a transatlantic context. Her research was awarded a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and was also funded by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and a fellowship from the University of Toronto.

Michelle’s research continues to address topics on Nova Scotian and Canadian music history. She is especially interested in the transatlantic touring circuit that brought professional musicians into 19th-century North American cities and towns, as well as in the amateur musicians who made musical experiences possible in Nova Scotian and other Canadian communities. Michelle has presented her research at both national and international conferences, including the Canadian University Music Society, the Society for American Music, and the American Musicological Society. Her work has been published in the journal American Music, and will be forthcoming in a special issue of the Nineteenth-Century Music Review dedicated to music in Canada.

Michelle’s Bachelor of Music degree is in piano performance and upon graduating she was awarded Acadia’s Hayward Medal and the University Medal in Music. She also holds a piano teacher’s ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Michelle continues to enjoy accompanying and also playing French horn in the Bridgewater Fire Department Band. In her spare time she also likes to enjoy the town’s natural beauty as she is walked by her dog through Wolfville’s various streets and trails.