Eron F. S.
MA/PhD in Theory
Eron [iɹən] F. S. (she/her/hers) is a sixth and final-year Ph.D. candidate, a Sproull Fellow, and a music theorist. Originally from Decatur, Georgia, she earned her B.A. in music from Pomona College (2016) and her M.A. in music theory here at Eastman (2019). Eron believes that pedagogy, social justice, and research are all intertwined emotional and communicative acts. She views music theory as a creative pursuit—the use or formulation of any theory about any music.
She is busily writing her dissertation on late-Classical concerto organization, including a concerto-centric punctuative form system and a hierarchically flexible interpretation of Schenkerian voice-leading. To balance and/or procrastinate that work, Eron likes to research mainstream 21st-century pop music. She has a forthcoming SMT-V on “Hot Flat 2,” which was previously a conference talk, and is working on a print article on “prosodic dissonance,” or mismatches between the stress patterns of text and musical setting. She has also presented on musical transcription as a spectrum of translation (MTSMA, EuroMAC 2021) and a potential double-tonic scale degree number system for pop songs (MTSE 2021). Here at Eastman, Eron has enjoyed teaching written music theory and aural skills, and was a 2021 recipient of the TA Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In Fall 2021, she is also teaching for an online graduate music analysis course at Kent State University.
In her non-professional life, Eron is a pianist, a songwriter, and a language and travel enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys reading, birding, crosswording, indoor climbing, and the occasional video game. Her other loves include seasonal fruit, smelly cheese, high-budget movies with ludicrous car chases, her incredible friends and family, the best cats (Orizaba and Sierra), and her rad spouse (see Matt Chiu, theory).
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