Music Theory                                                                                                                       1640 Maple Ave,

Department of Academic Studies & Composition                                                                Evanston, IL 60201

School of Music                                                                                                                   (847) 866-8788

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Evanston, IL 60208-1200                                                      



Ph.D.  Music Theory                                                     Eastman School of Music                               1975

M.A.   Music Theory                                                      Eastman School of Music                              1965

B.A.    Music (magna cum laude)                                   Tufts University                                              1962


Professional Background

Associate Professor                                                        Northwestern                                                 1974-2004

Assistant Professor                                                         Northwestern                                                 1967-l973

Instructor                                                                     U. South Dakota                                             1965-66

Teaching Fellow                                                             Eastman School of Music                               1962-65


Administrative  Posts

Chair, Department of Academic Studies and Composition, Northwestern University School of Music, (Composition, Music Theory, Music Education, Musicology, Music Technology) 1994-1998

Program Coordinator for Music Theory, Northwestern University School of Music, 1991-93, 1996-1998

Chair, Department of Theory and Composition, Northwestern University School of Music, 1975-87


Activities since retirement, August, 2004-2010

Paper:  Haydn and Hypermeter, presented at the Haydn Society of California Annual Meeting, Pomona, spring, 2005.

Invited Paper (also published in Proceedings):  The Preparation of Graduate Students for College Teaching: Where Are We Now?  Joint Session of the National Association of Schools of Music and The College Music Society, Salt Lake City, November, 2007.

(Invited Paper) Reflections on My Presidency (2001-2002), Panel of Past Presidents of The College Music Society, 2007 National Conference, Salt Lake City, November.

(Invited Paper) Fifty Years of Teaching Music Theory:  Do We Still Separate Altos and Tenors by an Octave or Less? The College Music Society, 2007 National Conference, Salt Lake City, November.

Other Professional Activity since retirement:

Taught Rhythmic Analysis Course, School of Music, 2004-2010, sporadically

Taught Score Analysis Skills 2004-2010, sporadically

Played in two Jazz combos, and played solo cocktail piano for benefits and fundraisers

Activities, 2000-2004


Conducting Hypermeter: Form as a Kinetic Experience, presentation at the National Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Seattle, 11/04

Using Organizational Structure to Promote Change, Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Washington DC 3/14-17/03

College Music Society Representative at the first joint meeting of the American Association for Higher Education and the Learning and Teaching Support Network (United Kingdom), Washington DC, 10/17-19/02

Teaching Rhythmic Concepts in Undergraduate Music Theory,  five-day workshop, Eastman School of Music, July 23-27, 2001

       Appearances by Invitation:

 A Scholarly Society’s Contribution to Promoting Change in the Discipline, presentation, Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching Learning, San Diego, 3/04

Keynote Address, Southern Chapter of the College Music Society, Hattiesburg,        MS., 2/04

Workshop director:  Learning Music, Conducting, and Large-Scale Meter, SouthernChapter of the College Music Society, Hattiesburg , MS., 2/04

Creativity and the Curriculum, presentation at the National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting, Seattle, 11/03

Workshop director: Mental Rehearsal, Learning Music, and the Theory Classroom, CMS regional meeting, Boston, 4/6-7/02

Director: Free Improvisation workshop, Finding Your Own Music, at the Temple University Lecture Series on Teaching, Philadelphia, 3/19/03

Lecture: Teaching Meter, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 3/20/03

Lecture: Interaction of Phrase Structure and Hypermeter, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, 4/4/03

Moderator: roundtable panel, Teaching Music Theory in the 21st Century, Inaugural meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Music Theory Society, Baltimore, 4/5/03

Keynote speaker: Deep Learning in the Theory Classroom: Pacing, Bumping, and “Waltzes in Four,” Music Theory Midwest annual meeting, Indiana University, 5/17/03

Keynote speaker: How the Music Goes, Leadership Institute for Curricular Innovation in Higher Education, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, 6/11-15/03

Faculty Director for College Music Society Workshop "Sparking Aural Imagination," U. of Oklahoma, June 18-23, 2000

Introductory presentation at Academic and Recording Industry Alliance (ARIA) Conference, sponsored by CMS and the RIAA.  U. of Miami, July 6-9, 2000

Power Point Presentation: “Implementing the Scholarship of Teaching and the Role of the Professional Society” American Association for Higher Education, Washington, D.C. March 24, 2000

CMS representative at meeting of Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), Washington, D.C. Oct. 5, 2000

Served on a panel of senior theorists with Allen Forte and Pat McCreless dealing with Mid-Career Renewal, Society for Music Theory meeting, Toronto, 2000. 

Honors and Awards

Awarded Charles Deering McCormick Professorship, Northwestern University, ($30,000), April, 2001

Awarded the first Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Music Theory Teaching and Scholarship ($10,000), November, 2000.


Other Activities

President, College Music Society, 2001-2003

Editorial Board of Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, 1999-

Chair, Task Force on Liaison with Higher Education Organizations, the College Music Society, Jan, ’04-

Nominating Committee Chair, the College Music Society, for Fall, ’04 slate of officers

Director,  Academic Digital Audio Music Server Project, the College Music Society, Sept. 2001-2002

Co-Director (w/ Victoria Fleming, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence), NU, membership in the Research University Consortium for the Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, June, 2003