Music Theory
Primary Contact:
Brian Alegant

Administrative Assistant:
Jeanne Rosecrans

Division Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8297
Fax: (440) 775-6813

Brian Alegant

Brian Alegant

Director, Division of Music Theory
Barker Professor of Music Theory

Contact Information


Kohl 338
(440) 775-8244

Brian Alegant

Brian Alegant

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Music, Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (1982)
  • Master of Music, Temple University (1985)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Eastman School of Music (1993)

In 2015, Brian Alegant was the first music professor to be named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

He earned a PhD in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, master’s degrees in music theory and music history from Temple University, and a BM in piano performance from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts.

He is a former editor of Music Theory Spectrum, former executive board member of the Society for Music Theory, and recipient of a 2006 Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education Award for Teaching Excellence.

Before joining the Oberlin faculty, Alegant taught at McGill University from 1990-96.

His research interests include performance and analysis, pedagogy, and twelve-tone music. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1999-00), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (1993-96), and the Mellon foundations (2003), and has published on a wide range of topics in Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of Music Theory, Perspectives of New Music, Music Analysis, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Intégral, and Nineteenth-Century Music Review. His book on the twelve-tone music of Luigi Dallapiccola was published by the University of Rochester Press.