Dr. Telesco received her B.A. in Music from SUNY College Buffalo, her M.M. in Music Theory from the University of Arizona, and her Ph.D. in Music Theory from The Ohio State University, where her dissertation earned a "Dissertation of the Year" award.
Professor Telesco's areas of specialty include the history of music theory, analysis of 18th century music, and the pedagogy of music theory and aural skills acquisition. She has given presentations on these topics at various music conferences and her published writings appear in Music Theory Spectrum, The Journal of Musicology and The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (for which she currently serves on the editorial board). Her works are cited in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Additionally, she is currently engaged in the study of tango music and dance, and the music of the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. Before joining the faculty of UMass Lowell in 1996, Dr. Telesco held faculty appointments at Wayne State University in Detroit, and Butler University in Indianapolis. Dr. Telesco teaches courses in music theory and aural skills.