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Michael Klein serves as the chair of Temple University's Department of Music Studies, which includes programs in music theory, music history, music composition, and jazz. He has been teaching music theory at Temple since 1999. Prior to his appointment at Temple, Dr. Klein served as an assistant professor of music theory at the University of Texas at Austin and as a visiting assistant professor of music theory at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In spring 2012, he spent a semester as a visiting associate professor of music theory at Indiana University.
Klein’s research is directed toward critical theory and its applications to understanding music. His publications include both books, Intertextuality in Western Art Music, and articles “Chopin’s Fourth Ballade as Musical Narrative," which won a publication award from the Society for Music Theory, and most recently “Chopin Dreams." He is the co-editor (with Nicholas Reyland) of the collection Music and Narrative Since 1900, and he is currently completing a second book on modern subjectivity, titled Music and the Crises of the Modern Subject. Klein serves as an associate editor of the journal 19th-Century Music, and he is a past member of the executive board of the Society for Music Theory.
Klein has taught a wide variety of courses at Boyer College, including the undergraduate theory sequence, counterpoint, score reading, and the undergraduate theory seminar. At the graduate level, he has taught seminars in musical semiotics, musical narrative, music and meaning, and musical subjectivity.