It is human emotion that animates works of art.
— Theodor Adorno (1928)

Aaron Grant's Biography

Aaron Grant is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory and a Sproull Fellow. His work mainly focuses on music of the long nineteenth century from Franz Schubert through early Stravinsky, with much his work dealing with issues of narrative, musical form, meaning, and interpretation. 

Aaron's dissertation engages issues of form, narrative, and meaning in Schubert’s sonata forms, specifically focusing on his three-key expositions. In his dissertation, Aaron incorporates sketch studies into his analyses, recently traveling to Europe to examine manuscripts for Schubert’s instrumental works through a grant awarded by the Presser Foundation. 

Prior to his studies at Eastman, Aaron graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.M. in flute performance and an M.A. in music theory. His Master’s thesis examined Igor Stravinsky’s compositional process in the opera The Nightingale, for which Aaron traveled to the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland to examine the composer’s sketch materials.

His work has been presented at multiple regional, national, and international conferences including the Allegheny Chapter of the American Musicological Society (2010), the Music Theory Society of New York State (2013), the New England Conference of Music Theorists (2014), the 18th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (2014), the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (2014), the Society for Music Theory’s national Meeting (2015), and the inaugural conference of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, "Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century" (2017). Aaron’s work on Schubert and Stravinsky have been recognized through multiple graduate student paper awards in 2014 and 2015, most recently winning the 2015 Dorothy Payne Best Student Paper Award. 

In addition to his work on Stravinsky and Schubert, Aaron's current research interests include American musical theater, music theory pedagogy, Schenkerian analysis, sketch studies, history of music theory, and scale theories. He is also a dedicated pedagogue, having won the Eastman School of Music Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching during the 2015–16 year. 

Outside of music theory, Aaron enjoys rock climbing, hiking, playing chess, cooking, candy making, and attempting to perfect the chocolate-chip cookie.