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Lawrence Shuster

Assistant Professor of Practice in Music

Lawrence Beaumont Shuster is a music theorist specializing in the analysis of world music, jazz theory and analysis, and post-tonal theory. He has given lectures and workshops at a variety of international, national, and regional conferences.

Shuster is the founding editor of the peer-reviewed online journal Analytical Approaches to World Music ( and is also the director of the biennial conference series of the same name ( In addition, he serves as an officer on the SMT Diversity Committee and is the founding chair of both the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for Music Theory interest groups on analysis of world music.

Shuster has previously taught undergraduate and graduate theory courses at the University of Georgia; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Skidmore College; the Contemporary Institute of Music, China; Hunter College/CUNY; and Brooklyn College/CUNY.

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, he remains active as an electric bassist performing contemporary jazz and fusion.