Stephen Zolper joined the faculty of Towson University in 2006 and has taught the core in the theory/ear-training program, as well as orchestration, and music theory for non-majors. Prior to Towson he managed the Fundamentals of Musicianship program at Rutgers University. He received his bachelor's from Manhattan School of Music, his master's from Northwestern University, and his doctorate from University of Alabama. Zolper previously served on the faculties of DePaul University and Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music, and has studied composition with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Tristan Murail, and C P First. He has published articles in Clavier magazine and has written a useful text entitled A Companion Guide to Lerdahl and Jackendoff’s Generative Theory of Tonal Music. Recently he has completed a book entitled Prerequisites for College Music Majors and a college textbook, Essentials of Music Grammar.