Alexander Martin

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

My teaching has three primary goals: 1) to equip students with a strong command of musical materials and concepts in both written and applied settings; 2) to encourage students to be able to argue a position using evidence, and 3) to guide them to the realization that knowledge of music theory can enliven their experience of and engagement with music. I achieve these goals through a graduated approach to working with classroom materials, through an emphasis on music analysis in which students stake an interpretive claim and defend it using arguments, and by encouraging students to relate music-theoretical concepts to other areas of musical study.

  • PhD, music theory and analysis, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • MA, music theory, University of British Columbia
  • BMUS, music history and theory with honours, University of Toronto


Alexander Martin


Alexander Martin joined the School of Music faculty in August 2018 as Assistant Professor of Music Theory. He teaches core music theory courses, aural training, and upper-division theory classes. Before coming to Stetson University, he was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, where he taught tonal harmony and musicianship at the undergraduate level and advanced tonal analysis at the graduate level. Martin's main research concerns Schenkerian analytical approaches to text-music correspondences in tonal art song.

Martin has presented his research nationally at the Society for Music Theory annual meeting, regionally at Music Theory Southeast, South Central Society for Music Theory, and Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, and at several local conferences in and around New York City, Montreal, and Vancouver. His most recent work explores Clara Schumann's two versions of "Ihr Bildnis" with a view to exploring nineteenth-century tonal strategies for depicting dreamscapes in song.

Martin will serve as Interim Director of Music Theory for the 2021-2022 academic year.

More About Alexander Martin

Areas of Expertise

  • Schenkerian analysis
  • The nineteenth-century Lied
  • Form and formal function

Course Sampling

  • Musical Style and Analysis
  • Music Fundamentals I
  • Music Fundamentals II
  • Music Theory I
  • Music Theory II
  • Aural Training I
  • Aural Training II
  • Music Theory III
  • Aural Training III
  • Form in Beethoven
  • Advanced Analysis
  • Senior Research Proposal
  • Senior Research Project

  • Schenkerian analysis and theory
  • Nineteenth-century music and chromaticism
  • The music of Robert and Clara Schumann
  • Text-music relationships