Associate 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, 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 Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Kennesaw State University, where he oversees the Aural Skills area. Ben is a regular presenter on topics of musical 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 in November; and "Parallel Forms in Robert Schumann's Music: A Reconsideration," which was given at Appalachian State University and Charlotte, North Carolina.
He has two 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. His research interests include music of the early 20th century, the music of J.S. Bach, and early Romantic music by composers such as Schumann. 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. In addition to his musical interests, Ben enjoys spending time at home with his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Sophie and Peter.