I teach Music Theory at the University of Michigan. My research focuses on the history of music theory (with an emphasis on theories of form), analysis (of tonal and post-tonal repertoires as well of world music), and sketch and source study. My current work, located at the intersection of music theory and music history, focuses on the music and writings of Arnold Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School. I recently started work on a corpus of Irish piping tunes from the 1800s, a project that combines manuscript study with digital analysis of melodic structures.

In spring 2019 I was Visiting Professor at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Interpretationsforschung). I have served the Society for Music Theory in various capacities, most recently as Reviews Editor of Music Theory Spectrum and before that as member of the Executive Board. Currently I serve on editorial board of Music & Politics and the organizing committee for Analytical Approaches to World Music 2020 (Paris).


Ph.D., University of Dublin, Trinity College


Recent publications:

Schoenberg’s Sentence,” Music Theory Spectrum 40/2 (Fall 2018): 179–207.

“Schoenberg’s Fundamentals of Musical Composition: A Source Study,” Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center 15 (2018): 163–189.

Eisler’s Klavierstücke für Kinder as Kompositionslehre: Composition, Analysis, Pedagogy,” Theory and Practice 43 (2018): 111–130.

Liquidation and Its Origins,” Journal of Music Theory 63/1 (Spring 2019): 71–102.

Rethinking Repetition: Interrogating Schoenberg’s Writings,” Perspectives of New Music 57/1–2 (2019): 25–74.

The Theme of Webern’s Variations, Op. 27, Third Movement,” Music Theory and Analysis 6/1 (2019).

“Principles of Form.” In The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy, edited by Leigh VanHandel. New York: Routledge, 2020.


Society for Music Theory

American Musicological Society

Music Theory Midwest

Historical Harp Society of Ireland

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