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Assistant Professor, Music

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PhD, Yale University, 2015

MM (Composition), Boston University, 2009

BA with Highest Honors, The College of William & Mary, 2007

John Muniz has been Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Arizona since 2015. His work explores topics such as enharmonicism, transformational theory, rhythm/meter from a Hastyan perspective, and the intersection between music theory and analytic philosophy. He has presented at regional conferences, SMT, and international conferences in the UK, Poland, and Canada.

More information and selected publications are available on his personal website,


"Rhythmic Processes in Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire." Music Analysis (forthcoming).

"A Tendency-Transformational Model of Enharmonic Modulations and Related Phenomena." Music Theory Spectrum 41/1 (Spring 2019): 1–20.

"What's Notation Got to Do with It? Enharmonic Modulations Reconsidered." Indiana Theory Review 35/2 (Fall 2018): 117–160.

"Transformation at the Margins of Tonality: Scriabin's Piano Sonata, Op. 64." Music Theory and Analysis 5/1 (April 2018): 1–28.

Papers in preparation:

"We Say What We Mean and We Mean What We Say: Cognitivism About Analytical Utterances"

"'The ear alone must judge': Harmonic Meta-Theory in Weber's Versuch"

"The Breakdown in Metal"

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