Lecturer Doctoral, Musicology, Piano; Acting Deputy of Graduate Studies, 2011–12
Alexandra Lewis is an alumna of the Brooklyn College music program and has been a member of the Conservatory of Music faculty since 1994, teaching music history, ear training, keyboard workshop, piano and Introduction to Music as well as coaching chamber music ensembles. Lewis began her formal musical training as a piano performance major at Brooklyn College, where she studied with Agustin Anievas. She later earned a master of arts from Hunter College before completing a Ph.D. in musicology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2005. Her dissertation, "Evocations of Water at the Piano: From Schubert to Liszt and Ravel" (2005), marries her continued passion for the piano with her interest in 19th- and early–20th-century music. She is also an advocate for new music.
As a performer, she has appeared in recital at Steinway Hall and Klavierhaus, both in New York City. Lewis has taught at SUNY, New Paltz and, from 1993 to 2006, was a member of the music faculty at Hunter College. She also holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Wagner College.
Lewis is a strong proponent of "Reacting to the Past" pedagogy and began creating her own games in 2009. In addition to her work in the classroom, she served as acting deputy of graduate studies for the 2011–12 school year.
Her areas of expertise include Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel, 19th-century piano music, Renaissance and Medieval music, and rock music of the 1960s and 1970s.