Biography

A composer and music theorist, Andrew Schartmann is a full-time faculty member at the New England Conservatory, and holds degrees from Yale (Ph.D., Music Theory) and McGill (M.A., B. Mus.). Prior to joining NEC, he served as an affiliate faculty member at Yale's Center for Collaborative Arts and Media. He has taught courses on tonal harmony, counterpoint, musical form, composition, musicianship, and video game music, and takes a special interest in music pedagogy. In 2011, he was awarded the Schulich School of Music Teaching Award for his course on musical form in the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven; and in 2013, he created a companion site for the textbook Analyzing Classical Form (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Schartmann is the author of two books, including Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. Sundtrack (2015), which The New Yorker praised for its "overwhelming precision." His third book, forthcoming from Bloomsbury, investigates Keiji Inafune’s role in establishing some of the gaming industry’s foundational design principles. Schartmann's work has also appeared in Slate, Bandcamp, and Clavier Companion; and he has articles forthcoming in The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy (December 2019) and Bloomsbury's 33 1/3: The B-Sides (September 2019).

In 2016, he worked with the BBC on the documentary "While My Guitar Gently Bleeps," which traces the influence of retro video game sound on modern-day popular culture; and in 2018, he served as Audio Director at Yale's Play4REAL lab, crafting music and sound environments for the virtual-realty game Invite Only VR, set for release on the Oculus Go. He is the Associate Editor of DSCH Journal—a biannual publication devoted to the life and work of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich—and serves as a board member of the Journal of Sound and Music in Games. In 2019, Schartmann was elected Treasurer of the New England Conference of Music Theorists.