Benjamin Steege

Assistant Professor of Music
Benjamin Steege
Office Address: 
806 Dodge Hall

Benjamin Steege joined the Department of Music as Assistant Professor in 2012, having previously taught at Stony Brook University. He specializes in the intellectual history of music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular attention to early modernism and intersections with the history of science. His work has been supported by research fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010–11), the National Endowment for the Humanities (2014–15), and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2014–15). He is Associate Editor of the journal, History of Humanities, and previously served on the editorial board of Music Theory Spectrum (2009–12). His book, Helmholtz and the Modern Listener (Cambridge University Press, 2012), won the Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory in 2014. Prof. Steege's current book project, "Music and the Resistance to Psychology, 1908–1968," explores the shifting status of psychological knowledge for musical thought in contexts ranging from early comparative musicology to Weimar aesthetics to the emergence of information theory.

Courses taught:

  • Music Humanities (W1123)
  • Music Theory I–II (V2318–V2319)
  • Techniques of 20th-Century Music (V3310)
  • Analysis of Tonal Music (G4360)
  • Topics in the History of Music Theory (G6300)
  • Proseminar in Music Theory (G6333)
  • Debussy and Modernism (G8371)



Columbia Degrees: 
Degrees from Other Institutions: 
Harvard University