David Clampitt

Professor and Area Head

David Clampitt has taught music theory at Ohio State since 2008. He taught previously at Yale University (1997–2008) and at University of Chicago (1995), and received his PhD in music theory from SUNY Buffalo. He is a leading researcher in the field of mathematical music theory, working especially on the structure of basic musical materials; a keynote speaker at the WORDS 2017 conference. His teaching focuses especially on music analysis and history of theory, and he is very interested in relationships between performance and analysis. Together with co-author Thomas Noll, he received the Society for Music Theory Outstanding Publication Award in 2013, for their Music Theory Online article, “Modes, the Height-Width Duality, and Handschin’s Tone Character.” In 1999, with co-author Norman Carey, he received the Society for Music Theory Emerging Scholar Award for their Journal of Music Theory article, “Regions: A Theory of Tonal Spaces in Early Medieval Treatises” (https://societymusictheory.org/archive/publications). He has published in Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of Music Theory, Perspectives of New Music, Integral, Music Theory Online, Journal of Mathematics and Music, Gestalt Theory, Muzica, Notes and elsewhere. Professor Clampitt also does analytical work on Brahms and his contemporaries. A chapter on Webern appears in Intimate Voices: The Twentieth-Century String Quartet, Evan Jones, ed. (University of Rochester Press), a book which won a Special Citation publication award from the Society for Music Theory in 2011. Clampitt has contributed chapters to numerous other books, including five volumes published by Springer devoted to proceedings of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music, of which he is a founding member and officer. Clampitt was editor of the Journal of Music Theory and served as guest editor of the second issue of the Journal of Mathematics and Music. He is an active violinist in chamber music and orchestral music, and has coached chamber music extensively.

Areas of Expertise
  • Theory
  • PhD, The State University of New York - Buffalo
David Clampitt
614 292-1026
314 Hughes Hall
1899 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210