Michiel Schuijer studied Music Theory at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and Musicology at Utrecht University. He co-founded the Society for Music Theory and was editor-in-chief of the magazine Tijdschrift voor Muziekheorie.
Schuijer focuses his own research at the juncture of music theory and historical musicology. His book Analyzing Atonal Music: Pitch-Class Set Theory and Its Contexts (University of Rochester Press, 2008) was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award of the American Society for Music Theory in 2010.
Additionally, Michiel Schuijer is head of the Department of Composition, Conducting, and Music Theory at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.