Music Theory

Student Activity

Graduate Theory Association

The Graduate Theory Association at the IU Jacobs School of Music is comprised of graduate students interested in music theory. With the ultimate purpose of promoting collegiality within the music theory community at IU, the group functions both as an academic/professional-development and a social organization. The GTA brings together students with many varied interests and specialties into a relaxed setting where ideas may be exchanged more freely than perhaps a classroom would allow.

Closely associated with the GTA is the Indiana Theory Review, a peer-reviewed music theory journal published semi-annually, and produced entirely by students.

Members are elected each year to represent the GTA to the Dean of the School of Music via the Student Representative Committee (SRC), and to the rest of the IU community via the Graduate and Professional Student Organization.

The GTA is open to any graduate student at IU with an interest in music theory. No fees or dues are charged; members are, however, encouraged to show their support of music theory at IU by subscribing to the Indiana Theory Review. All theory majors and theory AIs are automatically members of the GTA.

Officers are elected annually. For the 2014–15 academic year, the GTA officers are: 

  • Nathan Beary Blustein, President
  • Nik Bauchat, Vice-President
  • Craig Duke, Co-Secretary/Librarian
  • Ryan Taycher, Co-Secretary/Librarian
  • Calvin Peck, Treasurer
  • Knar Abrahamyan, Publicity Manager
  • Ethan Edl, GPSO Representative
  • Matt Bilik, Social Chair
Annual Research Symposium

The GTA hosts a research symposium at IU every year, which typically attracts scholars from across the U.S. and Canada. The 2014 Symposium was held on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Ford-Crawford Recital Hall.

Music Theory Colloquium Series

The GTA co-sponsors a series of lectures, presentations, and discussions by IU faculty, students, and visiting scholars. The colloquium takes place most Wednesdays at 3:30 in M267.

GTA Recital

Every year, the GTA performs a recital with the aim of demonstrating the unique and multiple abilities of our membership. Those interested in performing in the next recital should contact Nik Bauchat (nbauchat [at] indiana [dot] edu).

Social Events

On the lighter side, the GTA sponsors an annual picnic held each fall to welcome new theory associate instructors to IU, and other parties and social activities throughout the year.

Current Graduate Students
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