James W. Rogers Professor of Music, Director of Musicology
PhD 1993, M.Phil. 1991, MA1989 Columbia University, BA 1983 Barnard College
Professor Beck has published widely on the subject of Italian medieval and Renaissance music and art, including his new book Boccaccio and the Invention of Musical Narrative, as well as Singing in the Garden: Music and Culture in the Tuscan Trecento and Giotto’s Harmony: Music and Art in Padua at the Crossroad of the Renaissance. Also a writer of fiction, Prof. Beck published Fiammetta, which won Honorary Mention in the Writers Digest International self-published book competition. In 2007, the American Musicological Society named Prof. Beck Master Teacher of the AMS, only the third professor to receive this recognition. In 2000 he received the Graves Award from Pomona College for outstanding teaching in the humanities and in 1998 he was named Lewis & Clark College Professor of the Year. Prof. Beck was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame, October 18, 2012, for playing basketball.
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