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79 Bartlett Hall
(413) 545-0905


Jeffrey Swinkin, Lecturer in Theory, received his B.M. with High Distinction in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and his M.M. in Piano Performance and Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan.

Jeffrey Swinkin

His dissertation advisor was Kevin Korsyn; he has also worked with Scott Burnham, Fred Lerdahl, Patrick McCreless, Wayne Petty and Janet Schmalfeldt.  Dr. Swinkin's primary piano instructor was Anton Nel, and he has played in masterclasses for Vladimir Feltsman, Richard Goode and Rosalyn Tureck.  He has taught at the University of San Francisco, where he was Adjunct Professor of Music, and at the University of Michigan, as a graduate teaching assistant. 

Dr. Swinkin researches the areas of performance and analysis, variation form, music aesthetics, and music pedagogy, focusing mainly on repertory of the long nineteenth century.  His articles appear in Music Analysis, College Music Symposium, Current Musicology, Indiana Theory Review, The Journal of Musicology, Performance Practice Review and American Music Teacher.  He has presented invited lectures and lecture-recitals at many universities, including Stanford, Kansas, UMass Amherst, Rice, Ohio and Ohio State-Lima, and has held residencies at Drury University and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  He has delivered papers at the Society for Music Theory, American Brahms Society, Music Theory Midwest, and West Coast Conference for Music Theory and Analysis.  He is working on a book, Performative Analysis: Reimagining Music Theory for Performers.

Appointed 2013

Dance Department