Gordon Sly Associate Professor of Music Theory


  • Music Theory

410 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 432-0443


Gordon Sly is associate professor of music theory at the Michigan State University College of Music.

He holds a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music ( Rochester, New York). He has recently published Keys to the Drama: Nine Perspectives on Sonata Forms (Ashgate), an edited volume that presents nine studies whose central focus is the sonata form. The diversity of the studies attests both to the manifold analytical approaches to which the form responds and to the vast range of musical possibility within the form's exemplars. Sly has given papers and presentations at numerous international, national, and regional conferences and symposia, most recently focusing on analysis-performance relations and the pedagogy of analysis. His published work appears in the Journal of Music Theory, Intégral, and the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, for which he serves as reviews editor. He is currently working on a large project in electronic media that deals with analysis and its implications for performance. He teaches undergraduate courses in the music theory sequence and graduate courses in Schenkerian analysis, counterpoint, form, and the analysis of early twentieth-century music.