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. His research interests include popular music, rhythm and meter, music theory pedagogy, Renaissance polyphony, and Verdi operas. Geary’s publications appear in Expanding the Canon: Black Composers in the Music Theory Classroom (Routledge, 2023), Music Theory OnlineThe Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy (Routledge, 2020), and The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. He has also presented research at meetings for the Society for Music Theory, the 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.

Geary earned his PhD in Music Theory from Indiana University. He also holds a MA from the Eastman School of Music and a BM from Ithaca College. Before joining the faculty at Wake Forest University, Geary was a Visiting Instructor of Music Theory at Oberlin Conservatory. He also served as an editor for the Indiana Theory Review.

David Geary Headshot