Patricia Burt, Assistant Professor, Music Theory
Assistant Professor, Music Theory
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Patricia Burt is an assistant professor of music theory at
University of Delaware. Prior to her
appointment at UD, Dr. Burt taught at a variety of institutions, including
community college, public universities and private liberal arts colleges, where
she worked with students from diverse backgrounds and with varying levels of
musical experience. From these teaching
experiences she developed an interest in music theory pedagogy, focusing
particularly on methods for developing fundamentals fluency and for encouraging
students to apply their theory knowledge to the music they practice and perform
every day. She serves on the editorial
board for the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.
Dr. Burt earned a Ph.D. in music theory from University of
Maryland, College Park. Her
dissertation, “Registral Space as a Compositional Element: A New Analytic Method Applied to the Works of
Ligeti, Josquin, and Beethoven,” outlines a method that she has developed for
the analysis of register and employs this method in a detailed examination of
stylistically diverse compositions. She
has presented her research on register and theory pedagogy at regional and
national conferences, including the College Music Society National Conference,
as well as meetings of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic and regional
chapters of the College Music Society.
Dr. Burt earned a B.A. in psychology from Johns Hopkins
University where she was preparing to study medicine. Her continued interest and participation in
musical activities throughout her undergraduate years at Hopkins led her to
enroll in the music program at Towson University where she earned a B.M. and M.M.
in piano performance. For over a decade
she maintained a private piano studio in Baltimore, MD, and still enjoys
teaching studio piano from time to time.
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