Professor of Music Theory
281 Music & Dramatic Arts Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
Robert Peck is Professor of Music Theory at Louisiana State University. He is a prominent scholar in mathematics and music studies, transformational theory, and post-tonal music analysis. He is a founder of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music and the Journal of Mathematics and Music, serving as an Editor-in-Chief of the journal from 2007-2012 and as a Guest Editor for the special issue (July 2015) on “Tone Rows and Tropes.” He is currently a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Mathematics and Music and MusMat, and has served as Consulting Editor and as a member of the editorial board for Music Theory Spectrum.
His research appears in Journal of Music Theory, Perspectives of New Music, Journal of Mathematics and Music, Intégral, Music Theory Online, and other publications. He has presented research internationally at conferences in Germany, France, England, Canada, and Mexico, and nationally at meetings of the Society for Music Theory, American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America, College Music Society, and other professional societies. He has co-organized six special sessions on mathematics and music at meetings of the American Mathematical Society, and has served as a minicourse coordinator and instructor for the Mathematical Association of America.
He has taught a wide range of courses, including special-topics seminars, graduate and undergraduate classes, communication-intensive (CxC) courses, and honors sections, and has directed several doctoral dissertations, master’s theses, and independent studies. He is a recipient of the TAF President’s Award for teaching at Louisiana State University.
Also a composer, he has written works for orchestral, chamber, solo, electronic, and experimental media. His compositions have been performed in various cities across the United States.
As a cellist, he specializes in 20th- and 21st-century music, and has performed in over 100 solo and chamber concerts in cities including New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. He has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi and Indiana University Press labels, and has been broadcast on satellite radio.
He holds the Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Music.