Thomas Robinson

Associate Professor of Music Theory

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PhD, City University of New York, The Graduate Center

MM, University of New Mexico

BM, University of Miami

Selected Publications

Popular Music Theory and Analysis: A Bibliography and Research Guide. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.

“Singer and Song: Core Components in Jimmy Webb’s ‘Didn’t We,’” Popular Music 33/2 (May 2014).

“Analyzing Pärt,” in The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt, Andrew Shenton, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 76–110.


Thomas Robinson is a music theorist specializing in contemporary music and musicianship.  His recently completed book, Popular Music Theory and Analysis: A Research and Information Guide, will be published by Routledge in June 2017.  His research in popular music features work on melody, paradigmatic analysis, Jimmy Webb, Neil Diamond, and the rock music of Manchester, England.

Classically trained in twentieth-century set theory, Dr. Robinson contributed a chapter to The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and has presented papers at international, national, and regional conferences on topics such as Z-related multisets and similarity relations.  His Ph.D. dissertation, “Pitch-Class Multisets,” was nominated for the Barry S. Brook Dissertation Award.  Previous teaching positions were held at Queens College (CUNY) and at the University of New Mexico.

At the School of Music, Dr. Robinson teaches undergraduate and graduate music theory courses, supervises the freshman-level Musicianship labs, serves as advisor to all students in the Master of Music program, and coordinates the Composition & Theory Area.