David Geary

Assistant Professor of Music

Music Theory

David Geary is an Assistant Professor of Music at Wake Forest University and teaches courses in music theory and music history. He earned his PhD in Music Theory from Indiana University where his dissertation analyzes rhythm, meter, and the evolution of the drumset in American popular music. Geary also holds a MA from the Eastman School of Music and a BM from Ithaca College. Before joining the faculty at Wake Forest University, he was a Visiting Instructor of Music Theory at Oberlin Conservatory.

As a music theorist, Geary’s research interests include popular music, rhythm and meter, music theory pedagogy, Renaissance polyphony, and Verdi operas. He has published scholarship in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy. Geary has also presented research at meetings for the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Southeast, South Central Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, the Music Theory Society of New York State, and Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century. He also served as an editor for the Indiana Theory Review.

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