Professor Emeritus

Music History and Literature

University of Delaware


In 1991, 1997 and 2000 Larry W. Peterson was cited in three national publications for outstanding uses of technology in creative work and teaching. He is also the recipient of the 1991 Masters of Innovation Award, second place, Zenith Data Systems, and in 1987 the National Endowment for the Humanities funded his “Music and Technology” seminar at Dartmouth College. 

Dr. Peterson has been a visiting scholar at University of Georgia, Appalachian State University and Lancaster University in Great Britain. In 1986 Dr. Peterson’s team won national awards for the University of Delaware’s Music Videodisc Series, including a Gold CINDY Award from Association of Visual Communicators, and a University of Nebraska Merit Award. The series was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Dr. Peterson’s work is published by The American Institute of Musicology, The Journal of Bisexuality, Messiaen’s Language of Mystical Love, The Journal of the Music Library Association, Musicus: Computer Applications in Music Education, The Choral Journal, MusDisc, Institute for Academic Technology, Institute for Academic Technology Briefings, ATMI Newsletter, NATS Bulletin (Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing), Music Educators National Conference, and Opera Index Series. His multimedia programs to teach opera were shown on television twice. Dr. Peterson was selected a Woodrow Wilson Scholar in 1971 and was the faculty head of the Sexuality-Gender Program until his retirement. In retirement, Dr. Peterson continues to teach an opera course (MUSC103 or 104, SGST/WOMS 208 (Current Issues in Sexuality-Gender) or SGST/WOMS 301 (Gay-Lesbian Film) in addition to MALS.