Richard Randall-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Richard Randall

Assistant Professor of Music Theory, School of Music

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Richard Randall earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance with distinction from New England Conservatory of Music, a master’s degree from Queens College of the City University of New York and a Ph.D. from Eastman School of Music. Randall has studied with Robert Morris, Joseph Straus, Carl Schachter, David Gagne, and Leo Treitler, and has studied guitar with Frank Rumoro, Rick Whitehead, Robert Paul Sullivan and Walter Johns.

Randall's research focuses on music perception and cognition, mathematical modeling, philosophy of music theory, popular music, and twentieth-century music analysis. He has presented papers at conferences for the Society for Music Theory, the Music Theory Society of New York State, American Mathematical Society, International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, and the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.

His recent publications include "Similarity Measures for Tonal Models" (2006) and the forthcoming "Lerdahl's Tonal Pitch Space Model and Associated Metric Spaces.”

Prior to his appointment at Carnegie Mellon, Randall held teaching posts at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Tufts University.