Daniel L. Batchelder

Co-op Student

Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology

Professional Summary

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. ) “Facsimile Score for a Disney Animated Film: Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Master Score” .Notes, , 73 (1 ) ,157

Daniel Batchelder "Snow White and the Seventh Art: Cultural Politics of the Animated Musical" .American Music, ,

Book Chapter

Daniel Batchelder "'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 "Disney's Musical Landscapes" The Oxford Handbook of Children's Film .New York, Oxford University Press

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