Music Theory

Current Research

My current research involves looking into semiotic approaches to analyzing the trombonist's repertoire. At this stage, I am looking at both modern brass pedagogy and modern semiotic approaches to analysis to work towards a theory of musical gesture for trombonists (and eventually all brass instruments, hopefully). 

Selected Papers

The Tragic Phase of Irony: Tracing the Interaction of Pastoral and Military Topics in Vaughan Williams' A Pastoral Symphony

Creating a Sound of the Future: Large-scale transformation in the Personic Environment of  Daft Punk's Random Access Memories.

Conference Presentations

Guest Lecture at The University of Houston, TBA.

Past Presentations

Midwest Music Research Collective Conference at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. September 21-22, 2018.

GAMuT conference at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX, September 29th, 2018.

Guest lecture on Analyzing Popular Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Texas Society of Music Theory Conference at Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX. February 2018.

Western University Graduate Symposium on Music at Western University, London, Ontario, August 25th, 2017.

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Presentation Materials and Handouts


Composition has always been an interest of mine, but never in the classical genre. Here is an album I wrote as a gift for my father one year. The picture is of one of our past beloved family members. I made the entire album inside Live 9, but I performed it all myself. Better with headphones!