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 cumulative 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.

  • Ph.D. in Music Theory & Analysis, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2018 (expected)
  • M.A. in Music Theory, University of British Columbia, 2013
  • B.MUS. in Music History & Theory with Honours, University of Toronto, 2010


Course Sampling

  • Fundamentals
  • Theory I
  • Theory II
  • Aural Training I

Areas of Expertise

  • Nineteenth-century German art song
  • Schenkerian theory & analysis


Alexander Martin joined the School of Music faculty in August 2018 as Assistant Professor of Music Theory. He teaches core music theory courses and aural training. 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. Dr. Martin's main research concerns Schenkerian approaches to text-music relationships in Robert Schumann's songs.

Dr. Martin has presented his research nationally at the Society for Music Theory, regionally at the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, and at several local conferences in and around New York City, Montreal and Vancouver. He has presented papers on text-music correspondences involving inwardness in Schumann's songs, on the implied narrative in Schumann's op. 35 song cycle, on tonal pairing in songs by the Beatles, vowel color in the poetry of Georg Trakl and on Zemlinksy's "Stimme des Abends" piano fantasy.


  • Schenkerian theory and analysis
  • Nineteenth-century music and chromaticism
  • The music of Robert Schumann
  • Music and poetry
  • Analysis of rock and popular music