Robert Rowe

Professor of Music and Music Education; Associate Dean of Research and Doctoral Studies

Robert Rowe

Phone: 212-998-5435

Robert Rowe received degrees in music history & theory (B.M. Wisconsin 1976), composition (M.A. Iowa 1978), and music & cognition (Ph.D. MIT 1991). From 1978 to 1987 he lived and worked in Europe, associated with the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht, the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, the ASKO Ensemble of Amsterdam, and with IRCAM in Paris, where he developed control level software for the 4X machine. In 1990 his composition Flood Gate won first prize in the “live electroacoustic” category of the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition. In 1991 he became the first composer to complete the Ph.D. in Music and Cognition at the MIT Media Laboratory and is currently Professor, Vice-Chair, and Director of the Music Composition program in the Dept. of Music & Performing Arts Professions of the Steinhardt School at New York University.

His music is performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan and is available on compact discs from Innova, Bridge, New World, Rom´┐Żo, Quindecim, Harmonia Mundi, and the International Computer Music Association, and his book/CD-ROM projects Interactive Music Systems (1993) and Machine Musicianship (2001) are available from the MIT Press.


Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. M.I.T. 1991
    Media Arts & Technology

Selected Publications

  • Interactive Music Systems (MIT Press 1993)
  • Machine Musicianship (MIT Press 2001)


  • MPATE-GE 2047 - Advanced Computer Music Composition
  • MPATC-GE 2042 - Psychology of Music

Editorial Boards

  • Journal of New Music Research, Associate Editor

Research Interests

  • Interactive Music Systems
  • Algorithmic Composition
  • Music and Cognition