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Jeff Swinkin

Dr. Jeff Swinkin

Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory)

Office: Catlett Music Center 006C

Jeffrey Swinkin holds degrees in both piano performance (the Eastman School of Music and University of Michigan) and music theory (Ph.D., University of Michigan). In Music Analysis, The Journal of Musicology, Int├ęgral, The International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, and elsewhere he has published on such diverse issues as Adorno; Beethoven; musical emotion; performance theory, pedagogy and practice; thematic ambiguity; and variation form. His books are Teaching Performance: A Philosophy of Piano Pedagogy (Springer, 2015), Performative Analysis: Reimagining Music Theory for Performance (University of Rochester, 2016), The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory (co-edited with Rachel Lumsden, 2018) and Mapping the Musical Imagination: A Festschrift for Kevin Korsyn (co-edited with Bryan Parkhurst, forthcoming). He has delivered talks at Florida State, Rice, Stony Brook, Stanford, and the Mannes School (where he was a finalist for the Edward Aldwell Chair) and has presented papers at the American Brahms Society, the German Studies Association, Society for Music Theory and the Southampton Music Analysis Conference. At University of Oklahoma, his graduate teaching specialties are formal, harmonic, Schenkerian and thematic theory; he also teaches a recurrent (summer) seminar on music-theory pedagogy. He has previously taught at University of Massachusetts at Amherst and University of San Francisco.