Steege, Benjamin

Name: 
Benjamin Steege
Position: 
Assistant Professor of Music
Contact Information
Office Address: 
806 Dodge Hall
Email Address: 
bas39@columbia.edu

Benjamin Steege joined the Department of Music as Assistant Professor in 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 early modernism, the history of psychology, and the history of listening. His work has been supported recently 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 (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. His current project explores aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding the contest between psychological and anti-psychological views of music in the twentieth century. Prof. Steege is on leave for the 2014-15 academic year.

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)