Professor of Music
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DegreesPHD, 1984, Univ Michigan Ann Arbor; AM, 1973, CUNY Queens Coll; BA, 1970, CUNY City Coll
Ph. D. in Music Theory
The University of Michigan
M.A. in Musicology-Music Theory
Queens College of CUNY
B.A. in Music Theory; Minor in Education
The City College of CUNY
Hofstra University: 1985-Present
Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Theory
Private Theory Instructor: 1984-85
Full-Time Private Teacher. Gave individual instruction in music theory at both undergraduate and graduate levels, in ear training, sight singing, harmony, form and analysis, Schenkerian analysis, and preparation for doctoral examinations
The University of Michigan: Summers, 1982 & 1983
Had autonomous responsibility for upper-level undergraduate classes in tonal analysis and tonal harmony for graduate students
The Unversity of Michigan: Fall 1983, Fall 1982, 1980-81
Teaching Assistant; Assisted in music-theory courses on both freshman and sophmore levels. Taught ear training and sight singing
Queens College of The City University of New York: 1973-75
Adjuct Lecturer; Had autonomous responsiblity for four one-semester courses in music theory and literature for non-music majors
Society for Music Theory
Music Theory Society of New York State: Treasurer 1991-95; Board of Directors: 2008-present
Michigan Music Theory Society, U of M: President, 1982-83
College Music Society
American Liszt Society
TextsIntroduction to Two-Part Species Counterpoint: A Summary of Fundamentals (Hofstra University, 1987). Text for freshmen Species-Counterpoint classes (under expansion and revision for future publication).
"E Major Harmony as Dominant or Mediant in Chopin's Op. 10 no. 1: Schenker's Graphs from Free Composition Reconsidered," Indiana Theory Review 15/1 (1994): 1-20.
"Tonal Elements and Unfolding Non-Triadic Harmonies in the Second of Schoenberg's Drei Klavierstuecke, Op. 11," Theory in Practice 18 (1993): 127-170.
"New Observation on Voice Leading, Hemiola, and their Roles in Tonal and Rhythmic Structures in Chopin's Prelude in B Minor, Op. 28 No. 6," Integral 6 (1992): 66-106.
"Third-related Harmonies as Elements of Contrapuntal Prolongation in Some Works by Franz Liszt," In Theory Only 12/5-6 (1992): 1-30.
"Tonic Arpeggiaion and Successive Equal Third Relations as Elements of Tonal Evolution in the Music of Franz Liszt," Music Theory Spectrum 8 (1986): 1-24.
"Some Elements of Tonal and Motivic Structure in 'In diesen Wintertagen', Op. 14, no. 2 by Arnold Shoenberg: A Schoenbergian-Schenkerian Study," In Theory Only 7/7-8 (1984): 23-49.
"Durational Reduction and Bach's C major Invention: An Alternative View," In Theory Only 7/4 (1983): 25-35.
"Chromaticism and Tonal Coherence in Liszt's 'Sonetto 104 del Petrarca'," In Theory Only 7/3 (1983): 3-19.
"Tonal Structure and Voice-Leading in Liszt's 'Blume und Duft'," In Theory Only 6/3 (1982): 12-24.
'Equal Divisions of Musical Space and Form in Three Sonata-Form Movements from the Nineteenth Century': annual meeting of The Society for Music Theory, Baltimore MD., November 2007.
'Classical Models of Sonata Form and the First Movement of Liszt's Faust Symphony: The Conservative Revealed.' annual meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State, Fordham University, April 2007.
"Tonal Elements and Unfolding Non-Triadic Sonorities in the Second of Schoenberg's Drei Klavierstuecke, Op. 11": Annual Conference of the Society for Music Theory, Indiana University, November, 1986.
"Tonic Arpeggiation and Successive Equal Third Relations as Elements of Tonal Evolution in the Music of Franz Liszt": Annual Conference of the Society for Music Theory, Vancouver, British Columbia, November, 1985.
"Successive Third Relations as an Element of Tonal Evolution in the Music of Franz Liszt": Annual Conference of the Music Theory Society of New York State, The State University of New York at Albany, April, 1985.
"Tonic Arpeggiation and Successive Equal Third Relations in the Music of Franz Liszt": Michigan Music Theory Conference IV, The University of Michigan, March, 1985.
"Elements of Tonality in the Second Movement of Stravinsky's Canticum Sacrum": Annual Conference of the American Society of University Composers as part of an Analysis Symposium, The Ohio State University, April, 1984.
"Set Structure as a Determinant of Large-Scale Form and Rhythmic Structure in my Brass Quintet (1981)": Michigan Music Theory Society, March, 1985.
"The First Movement of Liszt's Faust Symphony and Three Paradigms for Sonata Form": Michigan Music Theory Society, November 1984.
"Berg's 'Schliesse Mir' Songs: A Comparitive Analysis": part of an Analysis Symposium, Michigan Music Theory Society, October, 1983.
"Obligatory Register and the Left-Hand Melody in Chopin's Op. 25, no. 7 and Op. 28, no. 6": Michigan Music Theory Society, January, 1983.
"Set Structure and Row Usage in Babbitt's Three Compositions for Piano, no. 1 and 'The Widow's Lament in Springtime'": Michigan Music Theory Society, February, 1982.
Other Professional Activities
Treasurer, Music Theory Society of New York State, 1991-96.
Member SMT Program Committee, 1995 Joint Annual Meeting of the Soceity for Music Theory and The American Musicological Society, held in New York in October 1995.
Member Conference Committee, "Tchaikovsky and His Contemporaries," an interdisciplinary conference on Slavic cultures in commemoration of the centenary of the death of Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center, held October 7-9, 1993.
Conference Director, "Mozart: 200 Years of Research and Analysis," a bicentennial conference sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center and co-sponsored by the Music Theory Society of New York State and the Austrian Cultural Institute of New York, Hofstra University, February 8-10, 1991.
Member Program Committee and Session Chair, Joint Meeting of the Arnold Schoenburg Institute and the Music Theory Society of New York State, October 1991.
Assistant Editor In Theory Only, 1984-85.
Winter 1983, 1981-82: Research Assistant, The University of Michigan. Assisted Richmond Browne in research on the role of register as a structural element in the Beethoven piano sonatas. Assisted Edward Chudacoff in the development and implementation of computer-assisted instruction materials.
Teaching InterestsTonal theory and Analysis; Form in Nineteenth-Century Music; Schenkerian Analysis
Research Interests1) Music Theory - Chromatic Tonality; Analysis of Form, especially in nineteenth-century music; Schenkerian Analysis; 2) Conducting - Music Direction and Conducting of Community, Semi-professional and Professional Orchestras.
Recent Courses Taught
|MUS 069A||MUS FND&SPCS CNTRPNT||Undergraduate|
|MUS 070A||INTRO HRMNY&ANALYSIS||Undergraduate|
|MUS 154||FORM ANALYSIS||Undergraduate|
|MUS 252||ADV SPEC ST-MUSIC||Graduate|