Music Theory

The Music Department at UTA offers a B.M. in Music with an option in Composition (B.M., Composition Option), and a Masters of Music in Music Theory (M.M., Theory).

B.M and B.M. Composition

Both degrees prepare the undergraduate for a career in graduate studies and beyond through Advanced lessons and seminars. Topics of these upper-level classes include: Sonata Theory, Composition Lessons, Computer-Aided Composition, Schenkerian Analysis, and Generative Theory.

For specific degree requirements, please see the Undergraduate Catalog listing for the Music Degrees.

Undergraduate Catalog

**NOTE FOR ALL INCOMING FRESHMEN**

If you are planning to attend a music program, a certain degree of music literacy is expected PRIOR to enrolling in your first semester of music courses. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that students visit the following website:

www.musictheory.net/lessons/

We recommend the following sections within this site:

  • THE BASICS: Students must know these materials PERFECTLY before entering Theory/Harmony I (MUSI 1325)
  • RHYTHM AND METER and SCALES AND KEY SIGNATURES: Students need a basic understanding of this material. It is covered in Theory 1, but at a very rapid pace.
  • INTERVALS: We STRONGLY recommend that students work on this material PRIOR to beginning Theory 1- this area is vital to your success in Theory 1 and the more knowledge of this you come in with, the better!
  • CHORDS - Useful to go over in preparation for more detailed work in the semester.

You should continue to use this website, including the remaining chapters, throughout the semester, as an additional resource. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Theory 1 professor.

Faculty

Dr. Graham Hunt, Ph.D. Duke University

Department of Music

Associate Chair, Professor, Music Theory and Composition Area Coordinator

Area: Music Theory and Composition

Graham Hunt

Email: gghunt@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2446

Office: FA 304

Bio: Graham Hunt is Professor of Musicology and Music Theory at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Duke University. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in music theory journals, including 2 articles in the most pre-eminent journal in the field of Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum. He has also presented 5 times at the national meeting of the Society of Music Theory. He served as President of the Texas Society Music Theory from 2011-2014. He has given the keynote speech for the Oklahoma City University Theory Conference and has been a guest speaker at the Music Theory Lecture Series at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Texas at Austin. He has published on subjects such as Wagner, Neo-Riemannian analysis, the Three-Key Exposition in Sonata forms, and, most recently, problematic rondo forms in Classical and 19th-Century finales, in journals such as Journal for Schenkerian Studies, Integral, Theory and Practice, 19th-Century Music Review, and Music Theory Spectrum. He was also selected to be the Grace and Joseph Valentine Visiting Professor at Amherst College (Massachusetts) in 2009. His latest research applies the groundbreaking theories of William Caplin, "Formal-Function Analysis," which was derived from the theories of Arnold Schoenberg to examine formal ambiguities that have previous defied traditional analytical interpretations, such as three-key expositions, truncated rondo forms, and opera arias, duets, and ensembles. Most recently, he was been invited to contribute a chapter to "Mozart Operas", a volume published by Leuven press, on Sonata forms in Mozart's operas, published an article in Music Analysis (published in the UK) on "Diverging Subordinate Themes" in sonata forms ranging from Scarlatti to Bruckner, and contributed a chapter to “Wagner studies” on formal functions of leitmotivs in Wagner’s opera Lohengrin. This November, he will present a paper on “Lesser, Redundant and Inconvenient Rondo Forms” at the national Society for Music Theory, which will be held virtually.

Dr. Elyse Kahler, D.M.A. from Texas Tech University (Music Composition)

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Music Composition

Elyse Kahler

Email: elyse.kahler@uta.edu

Office: FA 307

Bio: Elyse Kahler is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Kahler writes for a variety of ensembles and levels, and has particular interests in fun and engaging music for middle school students and inspiring music for the modern church. Recent projects include a commission from the Lubbock Chorale (Parallax) with text by Allison Boye, Height Difference Duo (The Hobbit and the Elf), Freedom to Be for The Phoenix Project, From the Ashes, and Perspectives, a chamber work with dance and film in collaboration with Anne Wharton. Dr. Kahler is also passionate about music composition pedagogy and is currently researching methods to discuss the creative process with composition students. During the summers, Dr. Kahler teaches music theory at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, MI. For more information, please visit www.elysekahler.com

Joseph Turner, M.M. University of Arizona

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Music Theory

Email: joseph.turner@uta.edu

Office: FA 109

Bio: Having earned a Master’s degree in music performance (trombone) from the University of Arizona, Joseph Turner is currently a PhD candidate in music theory at the University of North Texas, with related field studies in early music performance. He teaches music theory and aural skills at Dallas Baptist University and the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests include the history of music theory, particularly 15th century understandings of counterpoint and the place of theory in structures of knowledge. He recently presented at the annual conference of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music.

Amy Hatch, M.M. Music Theory, Texas State University - San Marcos

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Music Theory

Amy Hatch

Email: amy.hatch@uta.edu

Office: FA 109

Bio: Amy Hatch is a PhD candidate and Research Assistant in Music Theory at UNT. Amy earned a B.A. in Music (2011) and an M.M. in Music Theory (2013) from Texas State University - San Marcos, where she was instructor of record for Basic Musicianship under the supervision of her thesis advisor, Dr. Cynthia Gonzales. Amy's current research, with advisor Dr. Ellen Bakulina, includes the work of Russian theorists Ogolevets and Yavorsky, and how these concepts are found in the music of Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Amy's other research interests include Transformation Theory and Music Theory pedagogy/Music Education. She most recently presented on the motivic analysis of David Lee Garza's music at the 2018 SMT/AMS National Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Sean Morrison, M.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Musicology/Music History

Email: sean.morrison@uta.edu

Office: FA 325

Dr. Carol Jessup, D.M.A. University of Michigan

Department of Music

Associate Professor

Area: Music Education

Carol Jessup

Email: jessup@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2438

Office: FA 326

Bio: Carol Jessup is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music performance from The University of Michigan where she studied with professors John Mohler and David Shifrin. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Michigan State University, and is a student of Keith McCarty and Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. Dr. Jessup’s performances include Alice Tully Hall, New York City, and performing as principal clarinet with the Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg, Austria. She is nationally known for her extensive work as soloist/clinician, and has appeared as a guest artist at the International Clarinet Symposium, ClarinetFest ’96, ’97, ’03, and ’08, the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Arizona State University (Tempe), the University of Utah (Salt Lake City), Texas Tech University (Lubbock), the Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago), Mid-East Instrumental Music Conference (Pittsburg), Midwestern Conference, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (Ann Arbor), Montana State Music Conference (Missoula), the Southern Instrumental Conductors Conference (Hattiesburg), Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association conventions (San Antonio), and the renowned Interlochen National Arts Camp (Interlochen, MI). Dr. Jessup has had a number of articles on clarinet performance and pedagogy published in recognized journals including the School Band and Orchestra, The Instrumentalist, Southwestern Musician, The School Musician, and with Southern Music Company. Her comprehensive book, Playing and Teaching the Clarinet, published by RBC Music, San Antonio has been highly acclaimed and enthusiastically received.

Dr. Sergio Espinosa, D.M.A. The University of Iowa

Department of Music

Associate Professor

Area: Music Education

Sergio Espinosa

Email: espinosa@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2445

Office: FA 304-A

Bio: Mexican conductor and violinist, Dr. Espinosa is the Music Director of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving. He combines his time here with his position as Senior Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization in Wales, UK. He also maintains an active schedule as clinician in Texas and beyond. Dr Espinosa studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Conservatoire de Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Diplôme de Capacité Professionnelle de Violon), Ithaca College, New York, (Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting), and received his DMA in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Iowa. His activities as orchestral conductor includes Music Director with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra, Florence, Alabama; assistant conductor with the Orchestre de L'Université de Fribourg, Switzerland; and assistant conductor with the Orchestre Philharmonique Rhodanien, Tournon, France. He has also guest-conducted the Las Colinas-Arlington-Garland Symphony, Rome Festiva Orchestral, Rome, Italy; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Nuevo León; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato; Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Mexico. As a violinist, Dr. Espinosa has been a member of the string quartet Boccherini in Spain and has played with many orchestras, including Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchâel in Switzerland, Orchestre Municipal de Besançon in France, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Spain, Orquesta Do Norte de Portugal, and Fredonia Chamber Players, Cedar Rapids Symphony, and Quad-City Orchestra in the United States. Dr. Espinosa has led numerous teacher training workshops in different cities such as Sion and Lausanne, Switzerland; Hong-Kong, China; Bogota, Colombia; Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg in Canada; New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Denver, Albuquerque, Houston, Columbus, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, in the USA among others.