Theory Dissertations and Alumni

Theory Dissertations and Alumni

CUNY Music Theory Dissertations and Alumni

The music theory dissertations authored by students and graduates in the CUNY Music Theory Program deal with a wide array of topics and areas. The following is a list of dissertations that current students are working on:


  • Erin Johnston, “Symphonies that ‘Sing’: Reevaluating Voices and Vocality in Mahler’s Early Symphonic Works.”
  • Christina Lee, “A Model for Hindemith Analysis: A Study of Hindemith’s Piano Sonatas.”
  • Timothy Mastic, “Analyzing the Songs and Albums of Dave Matthews Band.”
  • Nathan Pell, “Repetition and Division in Tonal Music.”
  • Stephen Spencer, “A Multilevel Approach to the Analysis of Brightness in Post-Tonal Music”
  • Lina Tabak,  “‘I can’t feel it that way’: Theorizing Metric Complexity in Columbian Zapateo Genres.”
  • Alice Xue, “African Music’s Hidden Architectures: A Journey into Form and Structure”


The following is a list of the CUNY music theory dissertations completed since 1996, followed by the school where the graduate is teaching/has taught and/or their current employment:


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