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Adem M. Birson

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music


PHD, 2015, Cornell Univ; MA, 2008, CUNY Queens Coll; BA, 2006, CUNY Queens Coll


Adem Merter Birson (Ph.D., Musicology, Cornell University, 2015; M.A., Music, Queens College, CUNY, 2008; B.A., Music, Queens College, CUNY, 2006) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hofstra University. His previous position was at Ipek University, in Ankara, Turkey, where he was the Director of the Conservatory of both Western and Turkish Music. His primary research interests include history and analysis of Eighteenth-Century Music, the music of Joseph Haydn and W. A. Mozart, keyboard performance, and music theory pedagogy. His secondary interests are in Classical Turkish Music, Turkish lute performance (Ud), and analysis of the modal music of the Middle East (Makam). In 2010, he received the Graduate Teaching as Research Fellowship from the Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence, for which he designed and taught a course on historical composition using Eighteenth-Century Italian musical pedagogy, known as partimento.

He has presented papers at meetings of the Society for Music Theory, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, Haydn Society of North America, the Mozart Society of America, the Historical Performance Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, and other regional and international conferences. His articles can be found in Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online, Journal of the Haydn Society of North America, and Rast Journal of Musicology.