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Music theory has always been a passion in Sam's musical development since he started performing and composing. After excelling in harmony classes in college, Sam decided to get their second master's degree in music theory at the Hartt School of Music, studying with Michael Schiano, Patrick Miller, Akane Mori, Cameron Logan, Karen Cook, Jessica Rudman and David Macbride. Initially studying jazz harmony in college and Western harmony of the 18th century in grad school, Sam discovered ways to apply these techniques to the analysis of pop music and electronic music. Sam has also studied pre-tonal music theory.
Sam has given two presentations at The Hartt School's Music Theory Colloquium; one on the music of Charles Mingus, and the other on the music of Scott Joplin. Sam has also given presentations on the music of Igor Stravinsky, John Cage, Steve Reich and Radiohead. Sam wrote their Master's Thesis on Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag."
Sam has taught music theory at the Hartt School as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, and formerly taught the AP Music Theory course at West Hartford Public Schools
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