Malia Roberson

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Music

Malia Roberson teaches courses on music theory; topics include, music fundamentals, musicianship and ear training, harmony and voice leading, form and analysis, 16th and 18th-century counterpoint, tonal composition, arranging, and post-tonal techniques.


  • Phone: 323-259-1448
  • Email: maliaroberson@oxy.edu
  • Office: Booth 216

Education: BA, MA (Music, Piano Performance), UC Santa Cruz; Ph.D. (Music Theory), UCSB

Malia Roberson came to Occidental College in 2013 and leads courses in the music theory series. She graduated with a Ph. D in Music Theory (2012) from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and an M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is an active performer, educator, and theorist. Her dissertation focuses on Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds (1924) which bridges issues of performance practice, metric theory and analysis, music perception, the reception of the concerto’s U.S. premiere, and the composer as pianist in the mid-1920s. At UCSB, she received the Stanley Krebs Memorial Prize in Musicology (2012), and the Roger Chapman Prize in Music Theory (2010).

Malia has performed as a collaborative pianist with many choral ensembles, soloists, and instrumental ensembles throughout the Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara areas. She was the featured soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Ensemble Monterey under John Anderson (2009), and the Concerto for Piano and Winds with the UC Santa Cruz orchestra under Nicole Paiement (1998).

Malia is currently working on scholarship in the field of music theory pedagogy. She has held teaching appointments at Pomona College, California Lutheran University, UC Santa Barbara, Cabrillo College, and UC Santa Cruz.