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Dr. Paul S. Carter, Associate Professor,
Survey of Music Theory I and II, Music 170B, Aural Skills, Counterpoint and Seminar in Current Pop Music Theory


Year Hired: 2002

Tenure Status: Tenured 2009

Degrees Earned:
Ph.D. in Music Theory, Cognate in Composition from College-Conservatory of Music,
University of Cincinnati (2004)
M.M. in Music Theory from The University of Massachusetts
B.A. Music Theory and Applied Piano from Allegheny College

Carter is a writer of and about music who also plays piano, guitar and sings. He has musical experience in many styles including pop, rock, jazz, folk and classical. Paul's major thrust is music theory and its pedagogy, which he teaches along with musicianship and technology. Paul earned the BA in music from Allegheny College, Meadville PA; the Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and the Ph.D. in music theory from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. The title of his dissertation is "Retrogressive Harmonic Motion as structural and stylistic characteristic in Pop-Rock Music." Papers he has given at regional and national conferences include: "Slash Chord Analysis in Jazz-Rock Fusion: Toward an Analysis of the Music of Steely Dan," and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Musical Space: Developing the Art of Music Transcription." Along with class room and lab teaching, Mr. Carter enjoys advising the Music Industry Program's a cappella group "Hooked on Tonics."


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