Associate Professor, Music Theory

Ph.D. (2014) Florida State University (Legacy Fellow); M.M. (2011), University of Colorado at Boulder; B.Mus. (2008), University of Western Ontario.

John Peterson studies form and musical meaning in classical music, musical theater, and popular music as well as music theory pedagogy. He has published co-authored articles in Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and SMT-V, the Society for Music Theory’s video journal. His SMT-V article appears below. In addition, John is part of a team of scholars working to revise an online, open-source, and freely accessible textbook,, which, among other things, seeks to diversify the repertoire and topics traditionally covered in music theory classes.

John has presented research at national and regional conferences, including: the Society for Music Theory, the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Southeast, the Texas Society for Music Theory, and the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic. He is currently an editorial board member for Music Theory Spectrum, and the technical editor for the online journal Analytical Approaches to World Music.

In addition to teaching in the music theory core curriculum, John offers undergraduate and graduate seminars in music theory on a variety of topics, including: underrepresented composers, public music theory, the relationship between analysis and performance, analysis of recent music, musical meaning in tonal and twentieth-century music, and formal function and process in Classical and Romantic music. One of his most recent seminars invited students to collaborate with fiber arts students to create woven representations of musical analyses.

Music Theory Professors and Instructors

John Peterson

John Peterson
Associate Professor
Composition/Theory Area Coordinator
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