Norman Carey

Norman Carey faculty
  • Executive Officer and Professor, Music

Research Interests

  • scale theory
  • Schenkerian Analysis
  • performance/analysis issues


  • Ph.D., Eastman

Norman Carey is a pianist and music theorist. Previously, he was a member of the music theory faculty at Eastman School of Music and the piano faculty of Western Connecticut State University. His research interests include scale theory and performance/analysis issues. His works have appeared in Music Theory SpectrumJournal of Music TheoryPerspectives of New MusicTheory and PracticeJournal of Mathematics and MusicIntégral, and The Journal of Integer Sequences. His paper “Regions: A
Theory of Tonal Spaces in Some Medieval Treatises,” coauthored with David Clampitt, was a winner of the Society of Music Theory’s Emerging Scholar Award in 1999. He is one of the founding editors of the Journal of Mathematics and Music and serves on its editorial board. He has also served on the editorial board of Music Theory Online.
Active as a performer as well, Carey’s Carnegie Recital Hall debut was hailed by John Rockwell in the New York Times as “really delightful and very satisfying.” He is the pianist of the Prometheus Ensemble. In recent years, Carey helped to form the Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival. He serves as deputy executive officer of the D.M.A. program in music and founded and directs the Music in Midtown concert series at the Graduate Center.