Michael Klein, Professor of Music Theory at Temple University

“Schubert’s Symptomatic Note, or How Edward T. Cone Invented the Musical Symptom”

Thursday, February 7

4:30pm, Woolworth 106

Michael Klein serves as Chair of the Department of Music Studies, which includes programs in Music Theory, Music History, Music Composition, and Jazz. He has been teaching music theory at Temple University since 1999.

Prior to his appointment at Temple, Klein served as Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Texas at Austin, and as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In Spring 2012 he spent a semester as Visiting Associate Professor of Music Theory at Indiana University.

Klein’s research is directed toward critical theory and its applications to understanding music. His publications include Intertextuality in Western Art Music (Indiana University Press), “Chopin’s Fourth Ballade as Musical Narrative” (in Music Theory Spectrum), which won a publication award from the Society for Music Theory, and most recently “Chopin Dreams” (in 19th-Century Music). In addition, Klein has published in collections of essays, and in the Journal of Music Theory, Indiana Theory Review, Journal of the American Liszt Society, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Musicology. He is the co-editor (with Nicholas Reyland) of the collection Music and Narrative Since 1900 (Indiana University Press), and he is currently completing a second book on modern subjectivity, titled Music and the Crises of the Modern Subject. Klein serves as Associate Editor of the journal 19th-Century Music, and he is a past member of the Executive Board of the Society for Music Theory.

Klein has taught a wide variety of courses at the Boyer College, including the undergraduate theory sequence, counterpoint, score reading, and the undergraduate theory seminar. At the graduate level, Klein has taught seminars in musical semiotics, musical narrative, music and meaning, and musical subjectivity. In 2005 he earned the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching.


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