Patricia Burt, Ph.D.

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B.A., Johns Hopkins University; B.M. Towson University; M.M. Towson University; Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park

Patricia Burt is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University where she teaches piano, music theory, and keyboard harmony, and coordinates the Colloquia in Music for freshman music majors. Before moving to Bloomington, she taught music theory at Towson University and University of Maryland, College Park and maintained a private piano studio in Baltimore.

Dr. Burt earned a B.A. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University where she was preparing to study medicine. Her continued interest and participation in musical activities throughout her undergraduate years at Hopkins led her to enroll in the music program at Towson University where she studied voice and piano, the latter under the renowned pianist and teacher Reynaldo Reyes. She holds a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance from Towson. At University of Maryland, Dr. Burt earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory under the direction of the composer and theorist Dr. Thomas DeLio. Her dissertation is entitled "Registral Space as a Compositional Element: A New Analytic Method Applied to the Works of Ligeti, Josquin, and Beethoven." In it, she outlines a new method that she has developed for the analysis of register and employs this method in a detailed examination of stylistically diverse compositions.

Dr. Burt has presented her research on registral space at a meeting of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic and has guest lectured at colleges and universities along the east coast. In the theory classroom and in the piano studio, she emphasizes the ways in which music analysis can inform performance and interpretation.