Alexander Martin

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


Course Sampling

  • MUSC 471 Advanced Analysis
  • MUSC 390 Form in Beethoven (Spring 2020)
  • MUSC 171 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 172 Music Theory II
  • MUSC 271 Music Theory III
  • MUSC 160 Music Theory Fundamentals I
  • MUSC 161 Music Theory Fundamentals II
  • MUSC 173 Aural Training I
  • MUSC 174 Aural Training II (Spring 2020)
  • MUSC 152 Style & Analysis

Areas of Expertise

  • Schenkerian analysis
  • The nineteenth-century Lied


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. Dr. Martin's main research concerns Schenkerian analytical approaches to text-music correspondences in Robert Schumann's songs. A novel claim made by his research is that certain structural features in the music tend to be coordinated with certain broadly construed themes or ideas in the text in predictable and recurring ways.

Dr. Martin has presented his research nationally at Society for Music Theory, regionally at Music Theory Southeast, South Central Society for Music Theory, 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 is on text-music correspondences involving insertions and ellipses in Schumann's op. 39 Liederkreis.


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