Rodney Garrison teaches courses in music theory, aural skills, and music history at SUNY Fredonia’s School of Music. Before SUNY Fredonia, he served as a music theory adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo, and he taught courses at East Carolina University as a graduate student.
Garrison recently completed a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology and Music Theory at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Research from his dissertation, Schenker’s Ausfaltung Unfolded: Notation, Terminology, and Practice, has been presented at regional music theory conferences, and will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory in November 2012. Earlier in 2012, he was awarded the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award given by the Music Theory Society of New York State. As part of the emerging scholar award, his article, "Unfurling Schenker’s Ideas of Musical 'Unfolding'," will be published by 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.