Music Theory

Graduate Studies in Music Theory

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Joseph Dubiel

Professor of Music
Area Chair, Music Theory Area (2016-17) 

Ellie M. Hisama

Professor of Music

Mariusz Kozak

Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Undergraduate Music Theory

Benjamin Steege

Assistant Professor of Music 

Programs Offered

  • PhD

 Graduate Students 

Recently Defended Dissertations

  • Caleb Mutch, "Studies in the History of the Cadence" (2015)
  • Max Schmeder, "Thirty-Three Miniature Dialectics: Hegelian Philosophy vis-à-vis Beethoven’s 'Diabelli' Variations, Op. 120" (2014)
  • Kate Heidemann, "Hearing Women's Voices in Popular Song: Analyzing Sound and Identity in Country and Soul" (2014)
  • Scott Gleason, "Princeton Theory's Problematics" (2013)
  • Victoria Tzotzkova, “Theorizing Pianistic Performance: Tradition, Instrument, Performer” (2012)
  • Justin Hoffman, "Listening with Two Ears: Conflicting Perceptions of Space in Tonal Music" (2011)

Columbia theorists currently hold positions at Washington University (Paul Steinbeck, PhD ’08), Rutgers University (Christopher Doll, PhD ’07), University of Alberta (Maryam Moshaver, PhD ’06), Kunitachi College of Music (Cathy Cox, PhD ’06), Carnegie Mellon University (John Ito, PhD ’04), University of Arkansas (Elizabeth Margulis, PhD ’03), Hong Kong University (Youn Kim, PhD ’03), Cleveland Institute of Music (Diane Urista, PhD ’01), New York University (Martin Scherzinger, PhD ’01, and Marilyn Nonken, PhD ’99), Tamagawa University (Akira Takaoka, PhD ’99), National Taiwan University (Yuh-Wen Wang, PhD ’98), UC Santa Cruz (Paul Nauert, PhD ’97), Eastman School of Music (David Temperley, PhD ’96), University of Western Ontario (Kevin Mooney, PhD ’96), and elsewhere.

Recent Graduate Seminars

  • Advanced Analysis
  • Analysis of Popular Music
  • Debussy and Modernism
  • Gender/Sexuality/Music
  • Hip-Hop
  • Interdisciplinary and Humanistic Approaches to Music Theory: Representations of the Listener
  • Interdisciplinary and Humanistic Approaches to Music Theory: Semantics and Pragmatics of Analytical Description
  • Introduction to History of Theory
  • Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
  • Introduction to Set Theory
  • Proseminar in Music Theory
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger
  • Theorizing Musical Temporality