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 specializes in theories of form, musical meaning, and Schenkerian analysis. His co-authored forthcoming article in Music Theory Spectrum proposes the “theory of alternative paths,” which combines his interests in form and musical meaning to describe phrase expansions using language derived from narrative theory. A sample analysis containing one such alternative path—a reroute—in Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony appears below. 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. In addition to his interests above, John is also pursuing research in music theory pedagogy, musical theater, and popular music. 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: 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

Jason Haney

Jason Haney
Professor, Composition/Theory Area Coordinator
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