Robert Komaniecki is a music theorist and passionate educator. Born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, Robert attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he first received a B.A. in Music in 2012, followed by an M.A. in Music Theory in 2015. Robert is currently a PhD candidate in Music Theory at Indiana University Bloomington.
Robert enjoys instructing students ranging from the freshman to the graduate level in music theory and aural skills. His teaching style is very hands-on, encouraging students to participate and perform frequently. Robert is also an advocate for diversifying the music theory core curriculum, using musical examples from popular genres as well as works composed by women and people of color. Robert's aural skills pedagogy research will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.
Robert's research is largely focused on hip-hop music. His article "Analyzing Collaborative Flow in Rap Music" can be read in Music Theory Online, and Robert contributed to the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip-Hop Culture. Robert has presented on hip-hop, popular music, and music theory pedagogy at graduate, regional, and national conferences.
Outside of academia, Robert is an avid choral singer and has sung in several community and professional ensembles. From 2013-2015, Robert served as the director of OVation, an LGBTQA community chorus in Minneapolis, Minnesota.