Robert Cook teaches music theory with specializations in chromaticism, tonal analysis, and music and nature. The premise of his current research is that music is the exercise of acoustic agency in the environment. Recent work examines ecologies of voice and timbre in the music of George Crumb.
Cook’s publications include “The Vocal Ecology of Crumb’s Crickets,” Journal of the Society for American Music 7, no. 2 (2013), and “Crumb’s Apparition and Emerson’s Compensation,” Music Theory Spectrum 34, no. 2 (2012). He has also published on neo-Riemannian theory and analysis.
Before coming to UI, Cook taught at Washington University in St. Louis and spent three years as a writer and editor in educational publishing. He also taught at Lake Forest College, Roosevelt University, and the University of Chicago. He was educated at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.