Joseph Lubben

  • Associate Professor of Music Theory
  • Executive Director of Oberlin Conservatory Global

Areas of Study


  • BA, University of Notre Dame, 1985
  • MFA, Brandeis University, 1989
  • PhD, Brandeis University, 1995
  • Study with Allan Keiler in theory, Martin Boykan and Yehudi Wyner in composition

Oberlin Conservatory Excellence in Teaching Award (2020-21)

Fulbright Senior Scholar, 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

Recipient of the American Musicological Society’s AMS50 Dissertation Fellowship, 1993.

Visiting faculty member, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 2000; Universidad Simón Bolívar (1998-99); Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales (Venezuela) (1999-2000); University of Notre Dame, 1990-1992, Brandeis University, 1992-93.

Papers presented at the annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the Society for Ethnomusicology, Music Theory Midwest and the New England Conference of Music Theorists. Member of translation team for Heinrich Schenker’s Der Tonwille (Oxford University press, forthcoming). Article and review published in Music Theory Spectrum (1993) and the Journal of the American Musicological Society (1999).

Fall 2023

Music Theory I — MUTH 131
Music In Time — MUTH 265

Spring 2024

Introduction to Music Theory — MUTH 120
Music Theory II — MUTH 132


Joseph Lubben Presented Work at SATMUS in Madrid

May 3, 2023

Associate Professor of Music Theory Joseph Lubben presented a paper, "Las síncopas hipermétricas," and a poster, "La enseñanza de la síncopa en el conservatorio del siglo XXI" at the inaugural meeting of SATMUS (la sociedad de análisis y teoría musical) in Madrid on April 21 and 22. Both papers were delivered in Spanish.