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Dr. Barbara A. MurphyDr. Barbara A. Murphy

Associate Professor of Music Theory
Hired: 1995

University of Tennessee
School of Music
239 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Phone: 865-974-7549
Music Theory/Composition Website

Dr. Barbara Murphy is Associate Professor of Music Theory, Coordinator of Music Theory/Composition, and Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As Associate Professor, she teaches undergraduate classes in theory and graduate classes in Theory Pedagogy, Analytical Techniques, and Technology in Music. As coordinator of music theory, she has led a revision of the theory curriculum and the establishment of a new Certificate Program in Music Theory Pedagogy. As Associate Director, she serves as head advisor and supervises curricular changes. She encourages the use of technology in the School; she has authored a Filemaker Database for Music Admissions, helps to design the School website and created a School of Music Facebook site. In 2012, her ebook, Foundations of Music Theory: An interactive ebook, authored with Brendan McConville, was published by Kendall-Hunt Publishers. Her other research focuses on technology in music theory and theory pedagogy as well as Catholic Church music. She serves as the Newsletter Editor for the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI).

  • Ph.D in Music Theory – The Ohio State University (1989)
  • M.A in Music Theory – The Ohio State University (1980)
  • B.M. in Music Education and Music Theory – Youngstown State University, Ohio (1978)

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