Fredara Mareva Hadley, Ph.D.

Fredara Mareva Hadley, Ph.D.

Ethnomusicology Professor

The Juilliard School

Fredara Mareva Hadley, Ph.D. is an ethnomusicology professor in the Department of Music History. Her core research considers how people of African descent use music genres to construct and maintain community. A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, she teaches courses on ethnomusicology and African American music. A native of West Palm Beach, Florida she earned an undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University; a Master of Arts in African American Studies from Clark-Atlanta University; and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Indiana University. Hadley has been published in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, ICTM Yearbook, Billboard Magazine, and other outlets. She has presented at meetings for the Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, International Council for Traditional Music - Study Groups on African Music, and the Association for the Study of African American life and History. Her newest project focuses on Shirley Graham DuBois, one of the earliest Black women musicologists and opera composers. Hadley has been a faculty member since 2018.


  • African and African Diasporic Music
  • Ethnomusicology of Classical Music
  • Popular Music Studies