Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

Music theory, September 2010

"Bridging the Gap": Frank Zappa and the Confluence of Art and Pop
Dr. Pieter van den Toorn (chair), Dr. Patricia Hall, Dr. David Paul

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M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara

Music theory, June 2007

B.A. Boston University

Magna Cum Laude

Music and art history, May 2004


"Freak Encounters in the Free Press: Sharing Spaces in 1960s Los Angeles"

Keep it Simple, Make it Fast, Vol. 2: Crossing Borders of Underground Music Scenes [forthcoming]

"Grasp the Weapon of Culture! Radical Avant-Gardes and The Los Angeles Free Press"

The Journal of Musicology 32.1 (Winter 2015), pp. 115-152.

Multimedia Review:

Journal of the Society for American Muisic 7.3 (August 2013), pp. 359-361.

"Zappa, Frank (1940-1993)" & "Silence in Music"

Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped Our Culture, ed. Jacqueline Edmondson (Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2014), pp. 1233-1234 & 1056-1058.

"Laughter Over Tears: John Cage, Experimental Art Music, and Popular Television"

Music and the Moving Image 3.4 (Fall 2011), pp. 31-56.


"Freak Encounters in the Free Press: Sharing Spaces in 1960s Los Angeles"

KISMIF Conference 2015
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Portugal / July 2015

"Waiting for the Drop: Balancing Ambiguity and Danceability in Dubstep"

Society for American Music
Little Rock / March 2013

"Freaked Out Modernism: New Music and Radical Culture in 1960s Los Angeles"

Music Department Lecture Series
University at Buffalo / April 2012

"Happenings, Freak Outs, and Radical Reflexivity: Avant-Garde and Countercultural Overlap in 1960s Los Angeles"

American Musicological Society
San Franciso / November 2011

"Ugly Notes vs. Jazz-Rock Grooves: Frank Zappa's 'Approximate' as a Site of Art/Pop Conflict"

Music Theory Forum
UC Santa Barbara / January 2011

"Laughter Over Tears: John Cage, Experimental Art Music, and Popular Television"

Music and the Moving Image conference
New York University, New York / May 2010

Society for American Music
Cincinnati / March 2011

"Temporality, Intentionality, and Authenticity in Frank Zappa's Xenochronous Works"

International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Chapter
Loyola University, New Orleans / April, 2010

"Does Serious Music Belong in Pop? Borrowings from Stravinsky in the Music of Frank Zappa"

Northern California Chapter of the American Musicological Society, Stanford University, Palo Alto / February 2010

West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, University of Washington, Eugene / March 2010

"Aunt Jemima, Uncle Remus, The Kingfish, and Frank Zappa: A Linguistic and Musical Inquiry into Matters of Race in the Music of Frank Zappa"

Music and Politics Conference, UC, Santa Barbara / April 2008

Don Wright Faculty of Music Graduate Student Symposium, University of Western Ontario, London / May 2008

Teaching Experience

SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY
2011 to present

Assistant Professor of Music Theory:

Music Theory & Aural Skills I: Fall 2013, Fall 2014

Music Theory & Aural Skills II: Spring 2014, Spring 2015

Music Theory & Aural Skills III: Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2015

Music Theory & Aural Skills IV: Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2016

20th-Century Analytical Techniques: Fall 2011, Spring 2014, Fall 2015

Independent Study and Senior Capstone Project Supervision:/p>

Vocal timbre in a cappella beatboxing (Fall 2015)

Drop section elements in electronic dance music (Spring 2015)

Aesthetics and intelligibility of screamed vocals in hardcore punk (Spring 2014)

Connecting Schoenberg's tonal pedagogy and atonal voiceleading (Fall 2013)

Timbre in horror film music and its effect on listener cognition (Spring 2013)

Applicability of formal analysis to aleatoric works by John Cage (Spring 2013)

Cognitive connections between contrapuntal movement and emotion (Fall 2012)

Evolution of groove patterns in the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Spring 2012)

Guest Lecturer:

"High/Low, Art/Pop," Crane Live! (Fall 2015)

Crane Youth Music
Potsdam, NY

Music History Instructor

John Cage and the Experimentalist Tradition: Summer 2012

Full Sail University
Orlando, FL

Associate Course Director:

Music Theory: 2011

Conservatory of Vocal/Instrumental Arts
Oakland, CA

Volunteer Music Coach:

Class Percussion: 2010

University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Associate / Instructor of Record:

Fundamentals of Music

Teaching assistant:

Advanced Tonal Analysis

Twentieth-Century Analysis

Tonal Analysis

Music Theory

Fundamentals of Music

Music Appreciation


Music and Politics

Curriculum Development

The Trained Ear / SUNY Potsdam / 2015-present

Planned, designed, and built an open-source web-based ear training resource using melodies, rhythms, and other exercises take from public domian texts:

Online Music Theory Program, UC Santa Barbara, 2009 to 2010

Produced an extensive, interactive e-learning program for the University of California. Composed text, exercises, and exams for a full range of lessons covering basic interval progressions through advanced chromatic harmony.

Full text available at this address:


Favorite Professor Award, SUNY Potsdam / 2014, 2015

Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, 2010

Roger Chapman Prize in Music Theory, UC Santa Barbara, 2007

Departmental Grant, UC Santa Barbara, 2007

Graduate Committee Grant, UC Santa Barbara, 2006

Dean's Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, 2004

Other Activities

"The Crane Symposium on Music Education" / SUNY Potsdam / 2012

Panel co-chair

"New Music and the North American Academy" / SUNY Potsdam / 2012

Conference organizer

"On the Record": An Interdisciplinary Symposium / UC Santa Barbara / 2007

Conference organizer

"Music and Politics": An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference / UC Santa Barbara / 2008

Presenter and conference website designer.

Research Assistant / Dr. Patricia Hall / 2009-2010

Assisted in preparation of a publication for the Oxford University Press by Dr. Patricia Hall: A View of Berg's Wozzeck Through the Autograph Sources

Research Blog (ongoing)

Designed and maintained an online research blog aimed at developing and promoting online research collaboration

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Departmental/Campus Service

SUNY Potsdam / Potsdam, NY

Academic Programs and Curriculum Committee (co-chair): Fall 2013 to present

Faculty Senate (Executive Committee): Fall 2013

Faculty Senate (Delegate at Large): Fall 2014 to present

Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable (department representative): Fall 2012-Spring 2014

Music Theory Area Assessment Coordinator: Spring 2012 to present


American Musicological Society (AMS)

International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Chapter (IASPM-US)

New England Conference of Music Theorists (NECMT)

Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS)

Society for American Music (SAM)

New England Conference of Music Theorists (NECMT)

Society for Music Theory (SMT)