Music Theory
Primary Contact:
Brian Alegant

Administrative Assistant:
Jeanne Rosecrans

Division Email:

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

Arnie Cox

Arnie Cox

Associate Professor of Music Theory

Contact Information


Kohl 332
(440) 775-8945

Arnie Cox

Arnie Cox

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Humboldt State University (1990)
  • Master of Arts, University of Oregon (1994)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oregon (1999)

Arnie Cox has taught at Oberlin since 1998. His primary research is on embodied cognition, with a focus on musical affect and metaphoric conceptualization. He has presented papers at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, and his published essays appear in Music Perception, Musicae Scientiae, Spectrum, and the volume Music and Gesture. He has also co-authored a paper with Rebecca Fülöp (Oberlin 2004) on the music of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which appears in the volume Music, Sound, and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Ashgate 2010).

Cox earned a PhD from the University of Oregon, where he studied with linguistic philosopher Mark Johnson. At Oberlin, he teaches aural skills and music theory, including the course Music & Embodied Cognition. In May 2011, he led the inaugural pre-conference workshop at the annual Music Theory Midwest meeting in Nebraska, on the topic of Theorizing Musical Affect.