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Learning to Hear ─ New Directions for Music Theory Pedagogy

  • Room 403, Administration Building, ECNU 500号 Dongchuan Rd Shanghai, Shanghai, 201404 China (map)

Lecturer: Professor Christopher Hasty
Host:  Associate Professor Yan Zheng


Christopher Hasty is Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Music at Harvard University, focusing on composition and music theory. He serves on a number of committees, including The Office for the Arts, and he has been Chair of the Composer Fellowship Committee at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.  Professor Hasty received his Ph.D. in Music Theory from Yale University, after earning an M.M. in Composition from the Yale School of Music. At Yale he studied composition with Jacob Druckman and Krzysztof Penderecki. Professor Hasty’s scholarly work engages problems in the theory and analysis of music from the 16th to the 20th centuries from the standpoint of process and experience. His book, Meter as Rhythm (1997) won the Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory for the Outstanding Music Theory Book of the Year. His current research interests include process philosophy, poetic prosody, and ecological and post-cognitive psychology. During the process of probing musical rhythm and experimental new composition techniques, he composed many works, such as Enfolding Two – Unfolding You (For violin and viola), piano trio “…and here wings open” and etc.


Yan Zheng is an associate professor of music at East China Normal University where she teaches primarily music theory. She received Ph.D. from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music supervised by Professor Daqun Jia. Ms. Zheng is also a Harvard alumnus and has studied music theory and composition with Professor Christopher Hasty. Her current research interests focus on the co-relations between music analysis and composition, performance. Her performance and music work were on stage at Lehman Hall 2001 and Pforzheimer House 2013 at Harvard University. Also, she devotes to interdisciplinary research on music theory and philosophy. Currently, she is in charge of several prestigious scholarly programs including A Comparative Study on Chinese and Western Serial Music of 20th Century from Perspective of Structuralism, sponsored by Ministry of Education of the P. R. China, and Semiotics Phenomenon in Chinese and Western Contemporary Music of 20th Century, sponsored by Shanghai Pujiang Program. Her works include Say Goodbye to Cambridge Again (for trumpet and piano), Jade Lotus (for violin and piano) and so on. Yan Zheng was named a Guest Artist by Harvard University Pforzheimer House in 2013.