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Dr. Gary Don

Gary Don
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Music and Theatre Arts

Gary W. Don is a professor of music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He holds a doctorate in theory from the University of Washington. He teaches second-year and upper-division theory courses, and sponsors independent and collaborative student research projects. His research interests include overtone structures in the music of Debussy, French naturalist composers, music and mathematics, and theory pedagogy. He has presented papers at the West Coast Conference of Theory and Analysis, Music Theory Midwest, the Great Lakes Chapter and national conferences of the College Music Society, and at national meetings of the Society for Music Theory. His students have presented their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. He has published articles in Computer Music Journal, In Theory Only, Musical Insights, Perspectives of New Music, Music Theory Spectrum, and an essay in Analyzing the Music of Living Composers (and Others), Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He is the co-author of a textbook on mathematics and music with James S. Walker from the Department of Mathematics, UWEC. He incorporates his research into his classes, including the study of music outside of the European repertoire, and creates an inclusive environment in which all students are welcome and inspired to do their best.

Teaching Interests
  • MUSI 246 Theory Written III
  • MUSI 247 Theory Aural III
  • MUSI 248 Theory Written IV
  • MUSI 249 Theory Aural IV
  • MUSI 335 Baroque Counterpoint
  • MUSI 437 Renaissance Counterpoint
  • MUSI 407 Music Theory Seminar
Research and Creative Activities
  • Collaborative student research projects
  • Goethe’s influence on music theorists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Overtone structures in the music of Debussy
  • Modality in the music of Prokofiev
  • Theory pedagogy 
  • B.A., University of California-Santa Cruz
  • M.A., University of Washington
  • Ph.D., University of Washington