Benjamin Wadsworth

Ben Wadsworth PhotoAssociate Professor of Music Theory, School of Music

After a childhood spent in Connecticut, Dr. Ben Wadsworth attended Oberlin College, where he studied piano with Sanford Margolis and organ with Haskell Thomson. He graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music with majors in Piano Performance and Music Theory, and a minor in Organ.

In 1999, he moved to Rochester, New York, where he completed a PhD in music theory in 2008. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Ben taught at Louisiana State University for one year, then moved to the Atlanta area in 2009. He is now Associate Professor of Music Theory at Kennesaw State University, where he oversees the Music Theory area. Ben is a regular presenter on topics of music theory and analysis at national and local conferences. In the 2012-2014 academic years, his presentations included: "Music Theory Rudiments for Music Majors: A Report from Kennesaw State University," presented in San Diego; and "Parallel Forms in Robert Schumann's Music: A Reconsideration," which was given at Appalachian State University and Charlotte, North Carolina. More recently, he has presented at the Pedagogy into Practice conference at Lee University in 2017.

Ben is active in serving the music theory profession. He is currently President of the South-Central Society for Music Theory, and oversees each year's annual meeting, collaborating with workshop and keynote presenters, runs the business meetings, and sets the strategic direction for the society. He also helps out local AP Music Theory classes at area high schools and assists their instructors. 

He has three published articles. The first, "A Model of Dialectical Process in Berg's Opus 1 Piano Sonata," examines the interaction of differing musical languages in a problematic work. The second, "Directional Tonality in Schumann's Early Works," studies early works by Robert Schumann that begin and end in different keys. The third is on the pedagogy of Schenkerian analysis. He also has a review on David Damschroder's textbook Tonal Analysis: A Schenkerian Perspective, in Music Theory Online 24.3. His research interests include pedagogy, Romantic music, and Schenkerian analysis. He has also given lecture-recitals on piano music of Arnold Schoenberg (February, 2009) and Robert Schumann (October, 2011) at KSU. Ben is also active as an accompanist and organist in the Atlanta area. He serves as organist at First United Lutheran Church on the KSU campus. In addition to his musical interests, Ben enjoys spending time at home with his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Sophie and Peter. (Image: Matt Haffner)