Sam Bivens received his doctorate in music theory from the Eastman School of Music in 2018 with a dissertation on form in Wagner’s Die Walküre. Alongside his extensive work on all things Wagner, current research interests include the music of Dvořák, the late-nineteenth century more generally, music theory pedagogy, and problems of data visualization in both teaching and scholarship. He has presented on a number of these topics both in the United States and abroad.


  • BM in Tuba Performance, Butler University (2009)
  • MA in Music Theory Pedagogy, Eastman School of Music (2013)
  • Ph.D. in Music Theory, Eastman School of Music (2018)

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music, 2017–present
  • Eastman School of Music, 2010–2017