Howard S Meltzer

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Professor of Music
Music and Art


Office: F-1130P

Office Hours: Monday: 2:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., Friday: 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon, 1:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.

Phone: +1 (212) 346-8655

Howard S. Meltzer, pianist, horn player, music theorist, began his musical studies at The Juilliard School’s prepartory division in 1959. Until 1996 when he was appointed Assistant Professor Music Theory at the University of North Texas, Dr. Meltzer was primarily a working musician. He was pianist and co-director of the New York based Riverside Chamber Players, and then the horn player for Quintessential Winds in Dallas, Texas, and Penn Central Winds in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He has a special interest in music for children, and was one of the music directors for New York Kids on Stage, a program of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. His one-act children’s opera, The Happy Prince, was written for that program. He continues his performance activities here in New York in addition to his research and writing on music and technology, and music and reception theory.
Dr. Meltzer served on the North Texas and Central Pennsylvania boards of the American Civil Liberties Union.


Philosophy of Music, Aesthetics, Music Theory, Piano Performance


  • Ph.D. Columbia University, Music Theory and Historical Musicology,1994
  • B. Mus. Manhattan School of Music, Piano Performance, 1975

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

The Post-Human Pianist – a performance and research project on the reshaping of the human pianist by the changing instrument and repertoire.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • 2005-2006, Mellon Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center
    A year-long research fellowship to explore the relationship of politics and the arts.
  • 2010 – 2011, Faculty Seminar, “From Bestiary to BioCulture: Constituting the Human,” Macaulay Honors College – City University of New York, New York, New York
  • Member, Local 802, American Federation of Musicians

Additional Information

On-line publications
“The Sound in the Museum” Humanities and Technology Review, Volume 35, 2016
“Music, Politics, and the Imagination” Sesimopolite 9