Aaron Copland School of Music Faculty

Eric B. Chernov (Adjunct Assistant Professor)

Fields of Study:
Music Theory

Degrees and Studies:
BM, Mannes College of Music
MA, Queens College
Ph.D., University at Buffalo

Biographical Information:
Dr. Chernov studied theory and analysis with John Clough, Robert Cuckson, Daniel Plante, Carl Schachter and Charles Smith, and conducting with Jacques-Louis Monod. His academic teaching career began as a tutor and substitute teacher at Mannes College of Music while still an undergraduate, and he was placed on the Techniques of Music faculty in the Mannes Preparatory Division in 1996, a position he still holds. He is also co-chair of the TOM department. Among the schools at which he has taught are the Boys Choir of Harlem, Highbridge Voices, the University of Alabama, and Dowling College. He has additionally taught at Queens College's Center for Unlimited Enrichment and ACE programs, and at the New School.

Dr. Chernov has coordinated several conferences, including the Third International Schenker Symposium, Carl Schachter: A Celebration, and Developing the Musical Ear: A Conference on the Teaching of Ear Training at the College Level, and has presented at several others.

He teaches courses in music theory, musicology and related fields, and has given lecture-series courses on Mahler, Program and Incidental Music of the 19th century, Beethoven's Symphonies, and American Masters of Song (concentrating on Charles Ives and Aaron Copland). He has conducted seminar courses on the Music of Pete Townshend, British Rock Music of the 1960s, and Led Zeppelin. His dissertation is about analytical issues in four unbarred songs by Charles Ives ("Afterglow," "Like a Sick Eagle," "Premonitions," and "Thoreau.") His thesis, a treatise, is about the learning of a systematic tonal dictation technique. He is also an active composer.

In 1997, he was awarded Queens College's "Graduating Master's Award." In 2010 he was awarded Queens College's "President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by Adjunct Faculty."

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Music Theory, Sight Singing and Dictation, Introduction to Music, British Rock Music of the 1960s.

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