Dr. Timothy Koozin

Professor and Division Chair of Music Theory
Moores School of Music, University of Houston
email: tkoozin@uh.edu

Timothy Koozin (Ph.D., Music Theory, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 1989; M.M., Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Ohio University, 1982; B.A., Music with a concentration in piano, California State University, Humboldt, 1980) is professor and division chair of Music Theory at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, where he has been teaching since 1997. He taught previously at the University of North Dakota, 1987-1997. His research interests include music and meaning, popular music, film music, and music instructional technology. His articles appear in Perspectives of New Music, Contemporary Music Review, Music Theory Online, and College Music Symposium. His analytical essays on musical gesture in popular music, focused on artists including Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Sarah McLachlan, and Jimi Hendrix, appear in journal articles and in collected essays published by Cambridge University Press (2016), Ashgate (2015), and Routledge (2008). His edited collection of essays on the film music of Fumio Hayasaka and Toru Takemitsu comprises a 2010 volume of The Journal of Film Music. Koozin is co-author of two music theory textbooks with companion instructional websites published by Cengage: Techniques and Materials of Music (enhanced 7th ed., 2015) and Music for Ear Training (4th ed., 2013) and the Music for Analysis anthology published by Oxford (8th ed., 2018). He regularly presents papers at national and regional scholarly meetings and has presented at international conferences in Canada, England, The Netherlands, Norway, and Austria. For seven years through 2008, he was editor of the electronic journal of the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Online. He has taught summer courses at the College Music Society Center for Professional Development in Music Technology (1995), served on College Music Society advisory boards for music theory (1995-1998) and the Music Technology Center (1994-1997), served on Program Committees and Executive Boards for the Texas Society for Music Theory and Music Theory Midwest, and served as chair of the IT/ Networking Committee of the Society for Music Theory (2011-2013).


Techniques and Materials of Music, theory textbook and website        Website and e-Workbook     Publisher's site: Cengage     

Music for Ear Training, aural skills workbook and website     Website     Publisher's site: Cengage

Music for Analysis, anthology     Streaming audio website     Publisher's site: Oxford

Recent and forthcoming

"Irony, Myth, and Temporal Organization in the Early Songs of Bob Dylan" in This is the Sound of Irony: Music, Politics and the Public Sphere, ed. Katherine L. Turner (Ashgate, 2015).

"Musical Gesture in the Songs of Nick Drake" in The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter, eds. Justin A. Williams and Katherine A. Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

"Toru Takemitsu's Collaborations with Masahiro Shinoda: The Music for Pale Flower, Samurai Spy and Ballad of Orin" in The Cambridge Companion to Film Music, eds. Mervyn Cooke and Fiona Ford (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

List of Publications and Paper Presentations


Fall Course Materials: Graduate Music Theory Review (MUSI 6341)

Fall Course Materials: Schenkerian Analysis (MUSI 6305)

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