Eric Chernov holds degrees from Mannes (BM), Queens College (MA), and the University at Buffalo (Ph.D.). He studied theory and analysis with John Clough, Robert Cuckson, Daniel Plante, Carl Schachter, and Charles Smith, and conducting with Jacques-Louis Monod. His academic teaching career began as a tutor and substitute teacher at Mannes College of Music while still an undergraduate, and he was placed on the Techniques of Music faculty in the Mannes Preparatory Division in 1996, a position he still holds. Among the schools at which he has taught are the Boys Choir of Harlem, Highbridge Voices, the University of Alabama, and Dowling College. He has additionally taught at Queens College's Center for Unlimited Enrichment and ACE programs, and at the New School.
Dr. Chernov has coordinated several conferences, including the Third International Schenker Symposium, Carl Schachter: A Celebration, and Developing the Musical Ear: A Conference on the Teaching of Ear Training at the College Level, and has presented at several others.
He teaches courses in music theory, musicology, and related fields, and has given lecture-series courses on Mahler, Program and Incidental Music of the 19th century, Beethoven's Symphonies, and American Masters of Song (concentrating on Charles Ives and Aaron Copland). He has conducted seminar courses on the Music of Pete Townshend, British Rock Music of the 1960s, and Led Zeppelin. His dissertation is about analytical issues in four unbarred songs by Charles Ives ("Afterglow," "Like a Sick Eagle," "Premonitions," and "Thoreau.") His thesis, a treatise, is about the learning of a systematic tonal dictation technique. He has given over 30 public lectures in his "UnGeeking Music" series, covering an unusually wide range of topics. Dr. Chernov is also an active composer (ASCAP).
In 1997, he was awarded Queens College's "Graduating Master's Award." In 2010 he was awarded Queens College's "President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by Adjunct Faculty."