Ed Gollin

Edward Gollin

Chair and Professor of Music

Bernhard Music Center Rm 38


B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992)
M.A. Queens College, CUNY, Music Theory (1995)
Ph.D. Harvard University, Music Theory (2000)

Areas of Expertise

Music of Béla Bartók

Systems of coherence in tonally-dissolute and atonal musics of the early twentieth century

Mathematical and computational models of musical structure (including transformational theory and neo-Riemannian theory)

Historical music theories


Ed Gollin teaches all levels of courses in the music theory curriculum, from fundamentals to advanced topics in harmony and counterpoint.  He has taught elective courses on music and texts, on the music of Béla Bartók, and on process music; his winter study classes have included Math and Music, and Tuning and Temperament—the latter a class that involves both theory and the hands-on tuning of a harpsichord in historical temperaments.

Gollin’s research has focused on topics in mathematics and music, including transformational and neo-Riemannian theories, the analysis of post-tonal music, and the music of Béla Bartók.  His current research interests are centered on combinatorial aspects of Baroque harmony and counterpoint and the analysis and performance of minimalist and process music.

Gollin has published numerous articles in Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of Music Theory, and Intégral.  He has edited several books for Oxford University Press, and was co-editor and contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Theories.