Rose Pruiksma

Senior Lecturer
Phone: (603) 862-0628
Office: Music, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH 03824
Rose Pruiksma

Musicologist and musician Rose Pruiksma came to musicology via performance. She has  graduate degrees in clarinet performance (studied w/ Fred Ormand) and musicology from the University of Michigan.  Her writing and research focuses on music, dance, and French identity in seventeenth-century France. and her scholarship has been supported by Fulbright (1999-200) and NEH (2004) fellowships.  She has taught at a number of institutions in the northeast, including Bates College, Tufts University, the New England Conservatory of Music and Northeastern University.  While at Bates, she directed their Central Javanese Gamelan ensemble from the Fall of 2001 through Spring of 2003, and then served as co-director in the 2003-2004 academic year, working with Jodi Diamond, Pak Kwat from the STSI in Indonesia, Midiyanto, and Joko Susilo.  At Tufts University during the 2005-2006, she played with the Tufts Klezmer ensemble and participated in concerts featuring new music by Tufts student composers in addition to her academic teaching. She has taught courses that span the range of Western music history as well as teaching world music classes, and classes that incorporate Western & World musics side-by-side, such as her Tufts course “Shall We Dance?”: Music, Society, and the Body, or her current Introduction to Musicat UNH.  In addition to this, at UNH she has taught Art Song, both semesters of the music majors history survey, Music of the Baroque, Introduction to American Music, and Music in World Cultures.  Her scholarship focuses on representation, politics, and culture in the court ballets of Louis XIII and Louis XIV and she has published articles on the source for a detailed seventeenth-century description of a danced sarabande (Early Music, August 2015), the Académie royale de danse and the theatrical chaconne and presented her work on dance music and court ballet internationally. She is currently preparing a monograph on ballet and dance music at the courts of Louis XIII and Louis XIV and articles on the first professional danseuses and their sarabandes and the 1635 Ballet des Triomphes.


  • Ph.D., Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Michigan
  • M.M., Music, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Music, Calvin College

Research Interests

  • Music history

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Music
  • INCO 790: Advanced Research Experience
  • MUSI 401H: Honors/Introduction to Music
  • MUSI 404: Intro Music,Media,Moving Image
  • MUSI 405: Survey of Music in America
  • MUSI 444: Hon/Music and Social Change
  • MUSI 501: History & Literature of Music
  • MUSI 502: History & Literature of Music
  • MUSI 515: Music in World Cultures
  • MUSI 540: Recital Attendance
  • MUSI 713/813: Art Song
  • MUSI 715/815: Survey of Opera
  • MUSI 869: Musicology Seminar

Selected Publications

Pruiksma, R. (2018). Of Dancing Girls and SarabandesMusic, Dance, and Desire in Court Ballet, 1651–1669. Journal of Musicology, 35(2), 145-182. doi:10.1525/jm.2018.35.2.145

Pruiksma, R. A. (2015). Pomey rewrites Scudery: the novel source for Pomey's rhetorical sarabande description. EARLY MUSIC, 43(3), 383-+. doi:10.1093/em/cav048

Pruiksma, R. A. (2003). Generational conflict and the foundation of the Academie-Royale-de-Danse: A reexamination. DANCE CHRONICLE, 26(2), 169-187. doi:10.1081/DNC-120021707

Pruiksma, R. A. (2002). Music, Sex, and Ethnicity: Signification in Lully's Theatrical Chaconnes. In T. M. Borgerding (Ed.), Gender, Sexuality, and Early Music (Vol. n/a, 2002 ed., pp. 227-248). London & New York: Routledge. Retrieved from

Pruiksma, R. (n.d.). Preparing the Nobility for War: The politics of the _Ballet des Triomphes_ (1635). In R. Harris-warrick, J. -N. Laurenti, & M. -F. Bouchon (Eds.), La danse française et son rayonnement: forthcoming. Garnier.

Most Cited Publications