Steven Laitz has been a Music Theory and Analysis faculty member since 2014 and became chair of the department in fall 2015. Laitz has authored two leading textbooks: The Complete Musician—An Integrated Approach to Tonal Theory, Analysis and Listening and Graduate Review of Tonal Theory—A Recasting of Common-Practice Harmony, Form, and Counterpoint (both Oxford University Press). Laitz has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy since 2009, having previously served as a member of the publication’s editorial review board and as its reviews editor.
Laitz is the chair of music theory at the Eastman School of Music, where he has taught since 1989. (He also teaches chamber music there.) In 2013, he was appointed director of the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Center for Music Theory Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. An expert in the relationship between analysis and performance, Laitz has taught piano and music analysis at the Chautauqua Institution for many summers. Laitz received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Riverside and his doctorate from Eastman.