Dr. Ben Yang | Louisiana College

Dr. Ben Yang

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Dr. Ben Yang

Professor of Music

ben.yang@lacollege.edu

(318) 487-7316

About Dr. Ben Yang

Dr. Ben Yang holds both a master of music in theory/piano and a doctor of music in theory/composition from the College of Music at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He studied theory with Robert Ottman and Gene Cho, composition with Larry Austin, and piano with Stefan Bardas.

Prior to his appointment at LC in 1989, he taught at Oklahoma State University and at his alma mater. He has been nominated three times to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.”

In 1994, Dr. Yang published a book on chamber music by Johannes Brahms with Mellon Publishing Company, Lewiston, in New York. Dr. Yang also presents research papers on the aspects of western music theory for various professional music theory societies.

In 1998, he was invited to lead a music theory workshop at the Keimyung University in Taegu, Korea. He led the workshop on Schenkerian Analysis and 20 th Century Music Theory. From 1998-2001, Dr. Yang wrote concert reviews of the regular subscription concerts of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and his reviews appeared in the “Alexandria Daily Town Talk.”

He is especially interested in the set theory and 12-tone music of the post tonal music period of the Second Viennese School. He is also interested in the application of music technology to the study of music theory.

Dr. Yang oversees the computer lab and believes that sound theory programs, coupled with the technology, are driving forces in the creation of quality music students.

He occasionally gives mini piano concerts for various community churches and nursing homes, coupled with his testimony on Christian experiences.

Awards

  • A Book: The Relationship Between the Motive and Structure in Brahms’s Op. 51 String Quartets. Fall 1994.  Edwin Mellen Press.  Lewiston, New York
  • A Monograph (in progress): The Epistemology and Semiotics in Schenkerian Analysis. And It’s Controversies in Interpretation. To be published by Edwin Mellen Press.
  • Panel Discussion on a Schenkerian Analysis. April 21-22.  New England Music Theory Society, Boston University
  • 1997-2000: Rapides Symphony Orchestra: Wrote Regular Prescription Concert Reviews for the Alexandria Daily Town Talk
  • Theory Workshop: Aspect of Schenkerian Analysis in Chopin & Set Theory on 12-tone Music. June 5-6, Keimyung University. Taegu, Korea

Courses

  • Harmony I-IV
  • Ear Training and Sight-Singing I-IV
  • Form
  • Orchestration

Professional Organizations

  • Society for Music Theory (National)
  • New England Music Theory Society
  • Texas Society for Music Theory
  • South Central Society for Music Theory
  • Society for Christian Scholarship in Music