Dr. Alan Dodson

Chair, Music Theory
Associate Professor, Music Theory

BMus (Mount Allison), MMus, PhD (Western)

Music Building 415
Tel. 604-822-5287


Prior to his appointment to UBC in 2005, Dr. Alan Dodson was a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta and a participant in the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory in New York (Institute on Rhythm and Temporality). He completed the Ph.D. in Music at the University of Western Ontario with a dissertation on the analysis of hypermeter and prolongation in recorded music. His more recent work has explored relationships between tempo rubato and several aspects of rhythm and meter, including metrical dissonance and techniques of phrase expansion. He has also undertaken research on performance-related sources from the Schenker Nachlass. He has published in Music Analysis, the Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum, Theory and Practice, Music Performance Research, and the Canadian University Music Review and has spoken at the annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory (2005), the Royal Musical Association (2007), the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2009), and the Canadian University Music Society (2002, 2009).

Dr. Dodson routinely teaches second-year theory as well as a range of upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on topics in tonal analysis and performance-related studies. Before coming to UBC, he taught courses at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Alberta, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.