Since 2010, Rodney Garrison has taught courses in music theory, aural skills, and
music history at The State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music. Before
and during his time at Fredonia, he has served as a music theory adjunct professor
at the University at Buffalo. He also taught courses at East Carolina University as
a graduate student.
In 2012, Garrison completed a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology and Music Theory at the
University at Buffalo. Research from his dissertation, Schenker's Ausfaltung Unfolded: Notation, Terminology, and Practice, has been shaped into two papers that have been presented at several regional music
theory conferences and the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory. The Music
Theory Society of New York State awarded him with the Patricia Carpenter Emerging
Scholar Award in 2012. As part of the emerging scholar award, his article, "Unfurling
Schenker's Ideas of Musical 'Unfolding'," was published in the 2012/2013 volume of
Theory and Practice. Beyond Schenkerian analysis, his research interests include chromatic music theory,
history and pedagogy of music theory, post-tonal music theory, analysis of music with
text, and vocal pedagogy and performance.
Prior to his Ph.D., Garrison earned a BME (Choral/General K-12 Education) from the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro and two MM degrees (Vocal Pedagogy and
Performance and Music Theory) from East Carolina University.