DeNora's undergraduate studies were in music and sociology. She completed her PhD in Sociology in 1989 at the University of California, San Diego. From then until 1992, she worked at University of Wales, Cardiff, where DeNora was a University of Wales Fellow from 1989-1991. DeNora moved to Exeter in 1992. DeNora was Chair of the European Sociological Association Network on Sociology of the Arts from 1999–2001 and is a Vice President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Sociology of the Arts. She was an elected member of the Council of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology from 1994–1997 and is currently on the Council of the American Sociological Association Culture Section (until 2008). With Pete Martin, she has co-edited the Manchester University Press series, Music and Society.
Since 2010, DeNora has been collaborating with music therapists Gary Ansdell and Sarah Wilson from the charity Nordoff robbins on a longitudinal study of music and mental health, which is intended to result in a self-described "triptych" of scholarly publications, of which the first two have been issued as of 2015: Music Asylums: Wellbeing Through Music in Everyday Life (2013), authored by DeNora, and Making Sense of Reality: Culture and Perception in Everyday Life (2014), authored by Ansdell.
- Beethoven and the Construction of Genius: Musical Politics in Vienna 1792-1803, Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 1995.
- Music in Everyday Life, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
- After Adorno: Rethinking Music Sociology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
- Musical Consciousness, Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Literature, the Media and the Arts, 2001 (July), with W.R. Witkin, editor.
- (Honorable Mention, American Sociological Association Culture Section Book Prize, 2005)
- Music Asylums: Wellbeing through Music in Everyday Life, Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4094-3759-8
Pianist and musicologist Charles Rosen rebutted Beethoven and the Construction of Genius in an article "Did Beethoven Have All the Luck?" in which he challenges DeNora's assumptions by insisting that we do indeed know many if not most of the works of Beethoven's contemporaries; that many have been analyzed, revived and recorded; and that they do not approach Beethoven's originality, breadth of thought, or structural sophistication.
- "Department of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter, U.K., Tia DeNora". Retrieved 2007-05-18.
- Kennaway, James (May 2015). "Review of "Music Asylums: Wellbeing through Music in Everyday Life"". Music and Letters. 96 (2): 312–13.
- Chang, Jason. "Interview with Tia DeNora". Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology Undergraduate News. University of Exeter. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
- Charles Rosen (November 14, 2006). "Did Beethoven Have All the Luck?". The New York Review of Books. 43 (18).
Reference 4 should be dated 1996, not 2006. Although the Rosen review was negative, a blurb was pulled from it for the back cover of "Beethoven and the Construction of Genius."
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