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Dr. Michael OravitzMichael Oravitz

Assistant Professor of Music

Music Theory

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Michael Oravitz earned his Bachelor of Science in Music at Eastern Michigan University, where he studied composition with Dr. Anthony Iannaccone and Schenkerian theory with Dr. Sylvan Kalib. He completed his M.M. and Ph. D. in Music Theory at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests include the music of Claude Debussy, musical form, music theory pedagogy and aural skills strategies.

Michael has published on Debussy in Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de recherche en musique (2013) and has presented on Debussy at The Seventh International Conference on Music Theory (Tallinn, 2014); the 2013 CMS Great Lakes Conference; the 2012 International Multidisciplinary Colloquium on Music at the University of Quebec, Montreal; the 2012 College Music Society’s South Central Conference; the 2008 American Musicological Society/Society for Music Theory Joint Conference; the 2007 European Music Analysis Conference in Freiburg; and the 2010 and 2006 Music Theory Midwest Conferences.

He has published and presented on aural skills strategies in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2012) and at the 2008 Music Theory Midwest Conference respectively.

He is a member of The Society for Music Theory and its Rocky Mountain SMT Chapter, and is also a member of the College Music Society. He was Program Committee Chair for the College Music Society’s Great Lakes Regional Conference (CMSGL) in 2012 and Program Committee member for both the CMSGL and Music Theory Midwest conferences in 2011.