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Howard Cinnamon

Professor of Music


PHD, 1984, University Michigan; AM, 1973, CUNY Queens Coll; BA, 1970, CUNY City Coll


Dr. Cinnamon received his B.A. from The City College, CUNY, his M.A. from Queens College, CUNY, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  As a scholar and theorist he has presented papers on the music of Brahms, Liszt, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky at numerous scholarly conferences, and published papers on Liszt, Schoenberg, Bach, Chopin, Brahms and Tchaikovsky inMusic Theory SpectrumTheory and PracticeIn Theory OnlyIndiana Theory ReviewIntégral and Gamut. He was Vice-President of the Music Theory Society of New York State (2014-2016), previously served on its Board of Directors (2003-08) and as its Treasurer (1991-95).  He is currently Professor and Coordinator of Music Theory/Composition and was Chair of the Department of Music from 2001 to 2010. His primary teaching duties involve all the core Music Theory classes, specifically: Music 69/69A (Music Fundamentals and Species Counterpoint), Music 70, 71, 72 (Harmony) and Music 154 (Form Analysis). He has also taught Mus 232, (Graduate Analysis).

He is author of Introduction to Two-Part Species Counterpoint (Linus Press, 2010, 2013), the counterpoint text used in our Music 69/69A classes, and is currently working on a new text, Voice-Leading Analysis, based on materials used his harmony classes, designed to train undergraduate music majors in the skills of voice-leading analysis.

In addition to his teaching duties at Hofstra, Dr. Cinnamon is an active orchestral conductor. Over the past 30 years, he has served as the Music Director and Principal Conductor for several community and university orchestras throughout Long Island.  Since 1992 he has been Music Director of the Island Symphony Orchestra. Hehas served as Conductor of the Long Beach (Long Island) Symphony (1993-96), as Music Director of the Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts (BAFFA) Symphony and Chorus (1997-2008), as Guest Conductor of the Massapequa Philharmonic (2012-2014) and of the Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony (2014), as Interim Director of the Hofstra University Symphony Orchestra and as Conductor of the Hofstra Summer Reading Orchestra.  His repertoire includes more than 250 works from the standard orchestral repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 20th Century.


PhD in Music Theory
The University of Michigan

MA in Musicology-Music Theory
Queens College of CUNY

BA in Music Theory; Minor in Education
The City College of CUNY

Professional Positions

Hofstra University: 1985-Present
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 and 1983
Had autonomous responsibility for upper-level undergraduate classes in tonal analysis and tonal harmony for graduate students

The University of Michigan: Fall 1983, Fall 1982, 1980-81
Teaching Assistant; Assisted in music-theory courses on both freshman and sophomore levels. Taught ear training and sight singing

Queens College of The City University of New York: 1973-75
Adjunct Lecturer; had autonomous responsibility 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



Introduction to Reductive Analysis. Deer Park, NY: Linus Publications. (Under contract – work in progress)

Introduction to Two-Part Species Counterpoint: A Summary of Fundamentals. Deer Park, NY: Linus Publications, 2010; 2nd ed. 2013.


“Classical Models of Sonata Form, Sonata Theory, Equal Division of the Octave and Two Nineteenth-Century Symphonic Movements: Comparing Analytical Approaches.” Gamut 6/1(2013): 45-94.

“Classical Models, Sonata Theory and The First Movement of Liszt’s Faust Symphony.” Gamut 4/1 (2011): 53-91.

"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 FaustSymphony: 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

Music Theory Society of NY State, Vice-President, 2014-present; Treasurer, 1991-96; Board of Directors, 2008-13.
Session Chair, Conference of the Music Theory Society of New York State, April, 2010.
Reviewer, Gauldin, Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music, 2nd and 3rd editions, W.W. Norton, 2005 and 2012.
External Review Committee, Hunter College (CUNY), February 2009.

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 Interests

Tonal theory and Analysis; Form in Nineteenth-Century Music; Schenkerian Analysis

Research Interests

1) 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

Course Title Level
MUS 069 MUS FDMNTL&SPC CTRPT Undergraduate
MUS 072 HARMONY Undergraduate
MUS 154 FORM ANALYSIS Undergraduate
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