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LAWRENCE SHUSTER

81 Bartlett Hall
413-545-0760

MUSIC THEORY; LECTURER

Lawrence Shuster received his doctoral degree in Music Theory from the City University of New York Graduate Center with a dissertation entitled "Transformational Harmony and Voice-Leading: Analytical Applications and Methodological Extensions of Klumpenhouwer Network Theory" completed under the supervision of Philip Lambert. He has taught previously at the Contemporary Institute of Music in Beijing, China; Brooklyn College (CUNY); Hunter College (CUNY); and the University of Georgia, Athens. His research interests include theories of musical transformation; theories of musical time; jazz theory and analysis; and analytical approaches to world music.

Lawrence Shuster

Dr. Shuster has presented papers at numerous international, national and regional conferences including the Society of Music Theory; the International Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music; Music Theory Midwest; The New England Conference of Music Theorists; the Music Theory Society of the MidAtlantic; the Music Theory Society of New York State; The 20th Anniversary Conference of The International Society for Hildegard von Bingen Studies; the 14th International Nordic Musicological Congress; and the Dublin International Conference on Music Analysis. For the past several years, Dr. Shuster has been conducting interdisciplinary research with the mathematician Jerry G. Ianni. Their joint publication entitled  "Groups of Symmetries for Tetrachordal K-classes" is forthcoming as part of the selected conference proceedings from the First Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music, Berlin 2007.

In addition to his research activities, Dr. Shuster was the organizer of the Nexus International Conference on Math, Music and Architecture held at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1995 and editor of the graduate student theory journal Musical-Praxis between 1993-1997. In addition, Dr. Shuster is the founder and co-organizer of the First International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music, held February 19-21, 2010 at UMass Amherst, and is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the forthcoming online journal entitiled Analytical Approaches to World Music. In addition to his activities as music theorist, Dr. Shuster is also active as an electric bassist and regularly plays with several ensembles in New York City.

Appointed 2008

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