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  • Associate Professor of Music Theory
Office Phone: 512-471-0776
Office Location: MRH 3.734
  • Music Theory

Byron Almén received a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1998 and joined the Butler School of Music theory faculty in that same year. His research interests are broadly focused on issues of musical meaning, including musical narrative, topic theory, myth and symbol, Jungian applications to music theory, discourse analysis, music in film and television, and text-music relationships. He has published in Journal of Music Theory, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Theory & Practice, Theoria, and Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, among others. Professor Almén is the author of a recent book on musical narrative from Indiana University Press (2009). Along with Edward Pearsall (UT-Austin), he is the editor of a collection of essays on musical meaning, also published by Indiana University Press. He is a co-author of the undergraduate theory textbook Tonal Harmony (7th ed., 2012). An active pianist and organist, Dr. Almén is the primary instructor for the history of music theory, music theory pedagogy, freshman music theory, and score reading at UT-Austin. He is currently at work on the book The Discourses of Music and Jung’s Theory of Consciousness. Dr. Almén is a member of UT-Austin’s Faculty Council and the Indiana Theory Review Editorial Board and he recently served as the Program Committee Chair for the Society for Music Theory’s 2011 conference in Minneapolis.