Headshot of Robert Duke
  • Professor of Music and Human Learning
  • Director, Center for Music Learning
Office Phone: 512-471-0972
Office Location: MBE 2.208
  • Music and Human Learning

Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also directs the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. The most recent recipient of UT's Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, Dr. Duke has directed national research efforts under the sponsorship of such organizations as the National Piano Foundation and the International Suzuki Institute. His research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, including motor skill learning, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. His most recent work explores procedural memory consolidation, the cognitive processes engaged during musical improvisation, and the allocation of visual gaze in teaching and learning. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction and The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University. He is a co-host, with Art Markman and Rebecca McInroy, of the public radio program Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT radio in Austin.