Anthony M. Cummings (professor) earned the B.A. degree in history and music from Williams College and the M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees in historical musicology from Princeton University. He is a specialist in European music of the medieval and early-modern periods and in early jazz. He teaches a course on European classical instrumental music for non-majors, and, for both majors and non-majors, a survey of European music from the Middle Ages to 1800 and specialized courses on the music of the Italian Renaissance and the history of Italian opera.
He has published four books on Renaissance music and has completed a fifth, and is the editor of a forthcoming edition of the complete works of two important early New Orleans jazz musicians. He is also the author of numerous articles in scholarly journals and papers delivered at international conferences.