Patricia Howland

Composition, Music Theory

Patricia Howland specializes in 19th-century music, with additional interests in post-tonal theory, counterpoint, and music theory pedagogy. She has published and presented papers on post-tonal form in the music of Babbitt, Carter, and Stockhausen, as well as on transformational networks in the music of Liszt. Her current research is focused on formal design in the 19th century, with the aim of developing models that reflect the structural changes from Classical practice.

Howland’s teaching embraces these various interests. Her graduate seminars have explored Beethoven, Brahms, 19th-century sonata form, 18th-century counterpoint, early modernism, and 20th-century string quartets. She also teaches undergraduate theory, and has previously taught theory and aural skills at Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and Queens College.

Howland earned her PhD in music theory from the City University of New York, where she studied with Joseph N. Straus, William Rothstein, and L. Poundie Burstein. Her dissertation theorizes the structure and perception of phrases in high modernist music. She holds an MM in composition from Brooklyn College, a JD from the University of South Dakota, and a BS from the University of Maryland. She has served as an attorney with the US Department of Justice and as a registered nurse with the US Army.