Todd Tucker, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Theory
B.F.A., University of South Dakota; M.M., Ph.D., Indiana University
Todd Tucker is currently an Emeritus Professor in Theory and was Associate Professor
of Theory, School of Music, Illinois Wesleyan University, also serving as Coordinator
of the basic musicianship sequence within the music curriculum. He holds a BFA in
Music Education from the University of South Dakota and MM and PhD degrees in Theory
from Indiana University, Bloomington. He teaches theory, advanced analysis, counterpoint,
the Gourmet Listener (a course for Liberal Arts students), and took 24 students to
Ireland for three weeks to study "Celtic Culture on the Emerald Isle" during May term,
Performance and research occupy his time when he is not teaching. He is the organist/
pianist at Calvary United Methodist Church, Normal, IL,-- a position held for the
past twelve years. He has collaborated with many colleagues and students in many chamber
recitals. His research interest in rag music has presented opportunities to perform
lecture recitals and workshops throughout the Midwest. He is currently working on
an "Analytical Guide to Solo Piano Rag Music", which is in the final stages for publication.
A newly acquired interest in hammered dulcimer music will result in a sabbatical leave
to Ireland the Spring of 1998. He is continually learning new Irish dance tunes on
Musical theatre is a familiar genre with Dr. Tucker. He has performed in pit bands
with Music Man, My Fair Lady, Side by Side by Sondheim, Working, and Tintypes, just
to name a few. He has also been involved in several musical reviews performed throughout
Dr. Tucker is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, College Music Society,
and The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. He has presented
papers at several national and regional CMS meetings. He has served on two jurisdictional
Design Teams and just completed a two-year term as a member of the national Design
Team, which held a convocation in Nashville, TN, in July, 1999.
He loves teaching and is constantly challenged and stimulated as he engages students
in the classroom, introducing them to the elements and structures of music-making.
"I feel fortunate to have a career that I love and I look forward to exposing young
musicians to theoretical concepts as they relate to their music and their lives."