Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory)
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Simon Center, M325G
- Ph.D., City University of New York, 2006
- M.M., Mannes College of Music, 1999
- B.M., Mannes College of Music, 1997
Kyle Adams holds a Ph.D. in music theory from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His dissertation explored chromatic music from the late sixteenth century through the early eighteenth century. He has studied theory and analysis with Carl Schachter, William Rothstein, and Ruth DeFord. In addition, he holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano from the Mannes College of Music. His piano teachers have included Josef Raieff, Vlado Perlemuter, and Harold Brown. Prior to joining the faculty at the Jacobs School, Kyle taught courses in music theory, ear training, and keyboard skills in both the College and Extension Divisions at Mannes, as well as at Queens College and Hunter College. He has presented papers at Music Theory Midwest, the Music Theory Society of New York State and the Florida State Music Theory Forum, and at conferences in Germany and Belgium.
He has also maintained an active career as an accompanist, working primarily with singers and brass instrumentalists. Professor Adams' primary research involves musical repertoires for which there are no standard analytical models; to that end, he has published articles on early chromatic music in Theoria and on the analysis of rap music in Music Theory Online.