Martin Ross

PhD Candidate
Music Theory
Office: TC 427

Martin is a PhD candidate in Music Theory with a research focus on music and minimalism. At his time at Western, he has explored compositional aspects in Steve Reich and John Adams’s music using set theory, mathematical modelling, and contextual transformation networks. He has presented his research at conferences throughout North America, including the Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Martin is involved in the Western community as the Accessibility Commissioner for Western’s Society of Graduate Students (SOGS). He is also Secretary and Graduate Library Representative for the Society of Graduate Students in Music (SOGSIM).

Additionally, Martin takes great interest in teaching music theory. He is particularly fascinated in applying Team-Based Learning and the flipped-classroom methods in the undergraduate theory curriculum. He was awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Assistant award for the 2016/2017 school year for demonstrating excellence and dedication in the classroom.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance, with distinction, from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2013) and a Master’s in Music degree in Music Theory from University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2015).