Kim Pineda, PhD

Historical Performance, Social Studies, Musicology


I am a musicologist and scholar-performer specializing in historical performance practices of classical music from the 14th through early19th centuries, as well as vernacular music in the American Southwest and the Louisiana Territory, and am an advocate for new music. My Seattle-based ensemble, Grand Cru Baroque, has commissioned several compositions since 2002.

My research inerests include:

  • French and Spanish colonial and mission music in the Americas
  • Rhetoric and music in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Music, gender, race, and empire
  • Improvisation traditions from the 15th through the 19th centuries
  • Transmission of music across cultural borders (Baroque Borderlands)
  • Historical performance practices/Arts Practice Research

Social Studies

I am currently the chair of the social studies department at Española Valley High School, where I teach AP World History, AP US History, and US Government and Economics, and am one of the faculty sponsors of the Farm to Table Club.

Before I began teaching social studies at Española Valley High School in Española, New Mexico in January 2020, I previously taught musicology and music history at Sam Houston State University, and Texas Tech University.


Here are links to my musicology CV, teaching, publications, and conference presentations.

Performance Calendar 2016-23

I am available for workshops and masterclasses in academic or private settings. The workshops offer a stimulating and challenging environment where participants will improve their playing technique, musical understanding, and expand their knowledge of historical performance practices.

(I usually update the calendar as soon as events are scheduled)

Tutoring & Applied Music

Students looking for assistance in preparing for entrance exams to graduate school or doctoral comprehensive exams may contact me for tutoring. My training, research, and teaching experience can help you negotiate the experience. I am also available for instruction on historical flutes. The lessons may take place virtually or in person. Click here to start an email dialogue

Audio & Video