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