Published extensively, including essays on Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Clara Schumann, Wagner, Alkan, Schenkerian theory, and theory of musical form in Journal of Musicology, Music Analysis, Music Theory Spectrum, Musical Quarterly, Schenker Studies 2, Theory and Practice, Women and Music, and elsewhere. His essay “The Off-Tonic Return in Beethoven’s Op. 58 and Other Works,” Music Analysis (2005) received the 2008 Outstanding Publication Award of the Society of Music Theory. Prof. Burstein co-chaired (along with Adrienne Block) The Music of Amy Beach: An Interdisciplinary Conference; he was President of the Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS) from 2003–2007, and has been a member of the Executive Board of the Society for Music Theory (SMT). He also is a Professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, has taught at Columbia University and Queens College, and has performed extensively as an improv comedy pianist in the NYC area. In 1995 he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the New School University; he has taught at Mannes College the New School of Music Preparatory Division, 1983–95; Extension Division, 1982–97; and College Division since 1985.