Steege, Benjamin

Benjamin Steege
Assistant Professor of Music
Administrative Roles: 
Director of Undergraduate Theory
Contact Information
Office Address: 
806 Dodge Hall
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Benjamin Steege joined the Department of Music as Assistant Professor in Spring 2012, having previously taught at Stony Brook University. He specializes in the history of music theory in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular attention to musical and scientific modernisms, the history of psychology, and the history of listening. He has been a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010-11) and recipient of an Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship (2005-06), and served on the editorial board of Music Theory Spectrum (2009-12). His book Helmholtz and the Modern Listener (Cambridge) was published in 2012, and he is currently working on a second book project on aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding the contest between psychological and anti-psychological views of music in the twentieth century.

Courses taught:

  • Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I-II (V2318-2319)
  • Analysis of Tonal Music (G4360)
  • Introduction to History of Theory (G6300)
  • Proseminar in Music Theory (G6333)
  • Debussy and Modernism (G8371)
  • Techniques of 20th-Century Music (V3310)