Mr. Hooper’s interests include Schenkerian theory and analysis, theories of form, and the late music of Elliott Carter. His dissertation, currently in progress, constructs Heinrich Schenker’s early approach to form. Preliminary research on this topic earned the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award from the Music Theory Society of New York State and appears in Theory and Practice, vol. 36 (2011). He has presented related work at annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory; the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory in Tallinn, Estonia; and will present as part of a special session at the European Music Analysis Conference in Leuven, Belgium. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Intégral.
Mr. Hooper teaches a variety of classes at UMass, including core undergraduate courses in music theory and aural skills; graduate courses on Schenkerian analysis, recent theories of form, and music since 1945; and a general-education course on Hollywood film music. In 2011 he received a UMass Residential First-Year Experience Student Choice Award.