Samuel Gardner

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Areas of Study


Samuel Gardner studies music cognition and music theory. His work takes a special emphasis on how gesture facilitates and embodies our musical understanding, with a specific focus on modern popular music. His recent article “Gestural Perspectives on Popular-Music Performance” appears in Music Theory Online, and he has presented his research throughout Europe and North America. 

He completed his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University under Daniel Shanahan, where he was awarded both the “Helmholtz Award in Music Cognition” and “Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate in Music Theory.”

Fall 2023

Aural Skills III — MUTH 201
Large Forms — MUTH 260

Spring 2024

Music and the Mind — MUTH 150
Scales, Sets, Series, Spectra — MUTH 263