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Gary Don

Gary Don
  • Professor of Music-Theory, Music Theory and Composition Coordinator
  • Music + Theatre Arts
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Gary W. Don is a professor of music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He teaches second-year written theory and aural skills, and upper-division theory courses. He also sponsors independent and collaborative student research projects. He holds a doctorate in music theory from the University of Washington, and he taught theory and aural skills at Skidmore College before joining the UWEC faculty. His research interests include overtone structures in the music of Debussy, modality in the music of Prokofiev, music and mathematics, and theory pedagogy. He has presented papers on these topics 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, Perspectives of New Music, Music Theory Spectrum, Musical Insights, and an essay in Analyzing the Music of Living Composers (and Others), Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He is the coauthor of a textbook on mathematics and music with James S. Walker from the Department of Mathematics, UWEC.

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