College Fellow in the Department of Music at Harvard University, 2019-
Ph.D. in Music Theory, Schulich School of Music at McGill University, 2020.
- Dissertation: “Sounds, Signals, and Signs: Transductive Currents in Post-Spectral Music at IRCAM”
- Advisors: Robert Hasegawa and Jonathan Sterne
- Teachers: music theory with Robert Hasegawa, William Caplin, Nicole Biamonte, René Rusch, and Jonathan Wild; media studies with Jonathan Sterne; composition with Philippe Leroux
Dual M.M. in Music Theory and Violin Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012.
- Thesis: “Grundgestalt Hierarchy in Alban Berg’s String Quartet, Op. 3”
- Advisor: Keith Waters
B.A. in Music, University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2003.
AREAS OF RESEARCH
Theory and analysis of contemporary music; timbre; popular music; history and pedagogy of music theory; archival research; critical organology; media archaeology; sound studies.
“Graduate Theory Review” (Music B). Broad survey of analytical techniques for Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoire, including Schenkerian analysis, Neo-Riemannian transformations, pitch-class set theory, twelve-tone method, serialism, and microtonality.
“Tonal Analysis” (Music 151). Undergraduate course offering intensive study of tonal theory and analysis through a detailed examination of music from the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
“Analyzing Musical Media” (Music 230). Graduate theory seminar on interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of music and media, encompassing methods from science and technology studies, media archaeology, and critical organology.
Past Experience as Instructor of Record (McGill University)
The Art of New Music (Winter 2018, co-designed and team-taught with composer James Rubino). Topics: genealogy of techniques and styles in contemporary art music (post-1968); cross-disciplinary approaches to understanding the technological, social, and political conditions of new music.
Popular Music after 1945 (Fall 2017, team-taught with Eric Smialek; Winter 2017, sole instructor). Topics: historical survey of popular music artists, genres, and institutions; intersections of popular music culture with broader social, political, and economic contexts.
Basic Materials of Western Music (Fall 2015, Winter 2017). Topics: ear training, sight singing, notation, rhythm and meter, pitch intervals, scales, modes, harmony, phrase structure, and popular song forms.
Introduction to Research Methods in Music (Fall 2016, Fall 2017). Topics: bibliography research, citation formatting, grant proposals, program notes, and concert reviews.
Graduate Teaching Assistant (McGill University)
Theory and Analysis 5 (Fall 2013, Winter 2016, Winter 2018). Topics: post-tonal theory, twelve-tone method, serialism, microtonality, minimalism, and spectralism.
Theory and Analysis 3 (Fall 2015, Fall 2016). Topics: Caplin’s theory of formal functions in high classical music, especially Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
Theory and Analysis 2 (Winter 2015). Topics: chromatic harmony, modulations, sequences, accompaniment textures.
Theory and Analysis 1 (Fall 2014). Topics: diatonic harmony, melodic embellishments, voice-leading, figured bass realizations, and ear training.