Andrew Schartmann

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Andrew Schartmann is a PhD student in music theory. He holds a BMus and MA in music theory from McGill University, where he also taught for several years. In 2011, he was awarded the Schulich School of Music Teaching Award for his course on musical form in the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. His companion site for William E. Caplin’s textbook Analyzing Classical Form (Oxford University Press, 2013) has attracted the attention of scholars and amateurs alike.

Andrew’s primary research interests in the classical domain include musical form, Beethoven, and orchestration. In the world of non-classical music, he has a soft spot for early videogame music. His forthcoming book Super Mario Bros. (Bloomsbury, 2015) places Koji Kondo’s original NES score under the microscope. He is also the author of Maestro Mario: How Nintendo Transformed Videogame Music into an Art (Thought Catalog, 2013).

In his spare time, Andrew serves as an assistant editor at DSCH Journal. He is also a reviewer and weekly columnist for Music & Vision magazine, and writes program notes for the Canadian classical music label Leaf Music. His work has also appeared in Clavier Companion, a peer-reviewed magazine for professional piano teachers. Find out more about his current projects at

Program Type: 
Music Theory