Michael McClimon

Curriculum Vitae

Michael McClimon

michael [at] mcclimon [dot] org

Note: this is my music theory CV. I'll put up a technology resume one day, perhaps.


Indiana University – Ph.D., Music Theory (2016)

Minor Fields: Music History and Literature, Jazz Studies

Dissertation title: “A Transformational Approach to Jazz Harmony”

Indiana University – M.M., Music Theory (2010)

Outside Area: Jazz Studies

Furman University – B.M., Music Theory, magna cum laude (2008)

Teaching Experience

Furman University, Lecturer in Music, Furman University (2014–2017)
  • Courses taught:
  • Basic Musicianship IIIA (written)
  • Basic Musicianship IIIB (aural)
  • Basic Musicianship IVA (written)
  • Basic Musicianship IVA (aural)
  • Composition seminar (team-taught)
  • Independent study in music theory; students’ topics have included
    • Schenkerian analysis
    • Transformational theory
    • Topic theory
    • Various analytical topics (Mendelssohn, Schnittke, R. Strauss, Stravinsky)
Associate Instructor of Music Theory, Indiana University (2008–13)
  • Courses taught:
  • Music Theory and Literature I
  • Music Theory and Literature III
  • Music Theory and Literature III Honors (twice, complete classroom control)
  • Music Theory and Literature IV (twice)
  • Music Theory and Literature IV Honors (twice, complete classroom control)
  • Music Theory and Literature V (four times)


Conference Papers

Harmonic Interaction in Stitt & Rollins’s “Eternal Triangle”
  • Lightning talk for the SMT jazz interest group, November 2016, Vancouver, BC
Reconsidering the Lydian Chromatic Concept: George Russell as Historical Theorist
  • Society for Music Theory, October 2015, St. Louis, MO
Diatonic Chord Spaces in Jazz: A Transformational Approach
  • Music Theory Southeast, March 27–28, 2015, Greenville, NC
Jazz Harmony, Transformations, and ii–V Space
  • Society for Music Theory, November 2014, Milwaukee, WI
  • Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, March 15–16, 2013, Philadelphia, PA
  • Winner, Dorothy Payne award for best student paper (MTSMT 2013)
The Written Musical Symbol as a Medium for Interpretation: Schenkerian Analysis as Experience
  • “Technologies of Experience” Symposium, April 2013, Bloomington, IN
Expressing the Inexpressible: Thelonious Monk's “Crepuscule with Nellie”
  • West Coast Conference for Music Theory and Analysis, March 2–4, 2012, Eugene, OR
  • Music Theory Southeast/South Central Society for Music Theory, March 11–12, 2011, Tallahassee, FL (handout)
  • Music Theory Midwest, May 13–14, 2011, Lincoln, NE
The Temporal Importance of Scale Degree 5 in Schubert’s C Major Piano Sonata, D.279/ii
  • Indiana University Graduate Theory Symposium, February 19, 2011 (handout)
Examining “Evidence”: An Inquiry into Thelonious Monk’s Metrical Process
  • Florida State University Music Theory Forum, January 15, 2011 (handout)

Professional Activities

  • Webmaster, Society for Music Theory (2017–present)
  • Digital Media Author, W.W. Norton, The Musician’s Guide to Fundamentals, 3rd ed. (2016–2017)
  • Editorial board member, Engaging Students Through Jazz (2016)
  • Associate Webmaster, Society for Music Theory (2015–2017)
  • Senior Editorial Assistant, Music Theory Online (2014–present)
  • Member, SMT Jazz Interest Group Awards Committee (2014–present)
  • Member-at-large, Society for Music Theory Networking Committee (2014–2015)
  • Editor, Indiana Theory Review (2012–2014)
  • Digital Projects Specialist, Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature (2012–14)
  • Software development, “Music Fundamentals Online,” Indiana University (2012)
  • Editorial Assistant, Music Theory Online (2011–2014)
  • Various positions, IU Graduate Theory Association: Treasurer (2010–2012), Symposium Program Committee (2010, 2012–13)
  • Various positions, Indiana Theory Review: Production Manager (2011–12), Circulation Manager (2010–2011), Editorial Staff (2009–12)