Specializations: Popular music; musicianship skills; composition; counterpoint; musical semiotics.
About: Nathaniel Emerson Adam studied music theory and piano at the Eastman School of Music (BM with High Honors) and the University of Michigan (PhD). His research has focused on 20th-century music (including neoclassicism, minimalism, and pop/rock), while his performance activities have tended toward Baroque chamber music and English cathedral music. He is particularly interested in new models for teaching music theory in the college classroom and connecting intersectionality and politics to the study of composition and analysis. In addition to undergraduate teaching, Dr Adam remains actively involved in pedagogy workshops with the Yale Department of Music graduate students and is an Affiliated Fellow and Adviser for Davenport College.
Before his appointment as Lecturer at Yale, Dr Adam taught at Western Connecticut State University and Central Connecticut State University and served as Managing Editor for the Journal of Music Theory at the Yale Department of Music. He is an active composer/arranger, pianist, harpsichordist, and choral conductor.