Bachelor, City College of New York, 1967. Master of Music, University Massachusetts, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, 1974.
Assistant professor Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, 1976—1980, associate professor, 1980, professor, 1987—1990, chair music department, 1988—1994, Austin Fletcher professor music.
Member of American Academy Arts and Sciences, Renaissance Society of America, American Musicological Society (president since 2008), Phi Beta Kappa (honorary).
Married James Leslie Ladewig, July 28, 1977. 1 child Lily Bernstein Ladewig.