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Eric McKee

Professor of Music Theory
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Contact
ejm5@psu.edu
814-863-2122
213 Music Building I
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Eric McKee teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Theory. He holds a BM and MM in violin performance from West Virginia University and an MA and PhD in music theory from the University of Michigan. 

His research interests include dance/music relations in dances of the 19th and 19th centuries, topic theory, and film music.  

His books include Decorum of the Minuet, Delirium of the Waltz: A Study of Dance-Music Relations in 3/4 Time (2011) and Sight Singing Complete (co-author, 2015). His articles have appeared in Music AnalysisMusic Theory SpectrumTheory and Practice, and College Music Symposium and as book chapters in Chopin and His World 2017), The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory (2014), and The Age of Chopin (2004). 

  • Education
    • PhD from University of Michigan
  • Courses Taught
    • Music Theory
  • Honors & Awards

    2020

    • Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design’s Distinguished Teaching Award 
    • Sustainability Faculty Teaching Fellow 

    2019

    • Program Chair of the Society of Music Theory National Conference 

    2014

    • Faculty Scholar of the Humanities Institute (Penn State) 
  • Exhibitions & Presentations

    RECENT PRESENTATIONS

    2020

    • Society of Music Theory National Conference 
    • Music and Moving Image XVI 

    2019

    • Max Steiner Symposium 

    2017

    • Association Répertoire International D’Iconographie Musicale: Music and Dance in Visual Culture 

    2014

    • European Music Analysis Conference 
  • Expertise
    • Music Theory
  • Publications & Presentations

    BOOKS

    • Decorum of the Minuet, Delirium of the Waltz: A Study of Dance-Music Relations in 3/4 Time
      Eric J. McKee
      Much music was written for the two most important dances of the 18th and 19th centuries, the minuet and the waltz. In Decorum of the Minuet, Delirium of the Waltz, Eric McKee argues that to better understand the musical structures and expressive meanings of this dance music, one must be aware of the social contexts and bodily rhythms of the social dances upon which it is based.
      ISBN-13: 9780253356925
      Publisher: Indiana University Press
    • Sight Singing Complete, 8th ed.
      Maureen Carr, Bruce Benward with Taylor Greer, Eric McKee, and Phillip Torbert
      McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2014