Matthew Santa is Professor of Music Theory and chair of Music Theory and Composition at the Texas Tech University School of Music. Dr. Santa has presented papers on tonal and post-tonal analysis, diatonic set theory, parsimonious voice leading, music theory pedagogy, and popular music throughout the United States as well as in Canada and England. Dr. Santa’s publications include the textbooks Hearing Rhythm and Meter: Analyzing Metrical Consonance and Dissonance in Common-Practice Period Music (2020), Hearing Form: Musical Analysis With and Without the Score (2nd edition, 2017), and articles in the journals Music Theory Spectrum, Music Analysis, Theory and Practice, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Current Musicology and The Annual Review of Jazz Studies, as well as the multi-media text Flute/Theory Workout (Mel Bay, 2009), co-written with Dr. Lisa Garner Santa and Dr. Thomas Hughes. He has also recently joined Stefan Kostka as a co-author for the 5th edition of Materials and Techniques of Post-Tonal Music (Routledge, 2018).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Tonal and post-tonal analysis, rhythm and meter, diatonic set theory, parsimonious voice leading, music theory pedagogy, jazz studies.