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About Matthew Santa

Matthew Santa

Professor of Music Theory

Office: School of Music, Room 240

Phone: (806) 834-6089


Matthew Santa is Professor of Music Theory and Chair of the Music Theory and Composition Area at the Texas Tech University School of Music. Dr. Santa has taught music theory at Queens College and Hunter College and holds degrees from Louisiana State University and The City University of New York. He has presented papers on post-tonal analysis, diatonic set theory, parsimonious voice leading, and popular music throughout the United States as well as in Canada and England, participating in the annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the College Music Society, the Music Theory Society of New York State, the New England Conference of Music Theorists, Music Theory Midwest, the Texas Society for Music Theory, the South Central Society for Music Theory, and the Goldsmith 20th-Century Music Conference. 

Dr. Santa’s articles have been published in the journals Theory and Practice, Music Theory Spectrum, Music Analysis, The Annual Review of Jazz Studies, and The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. He collaborated with Dr. Lisa Garner Santa and Dr. Thomas Hughes to write Flute/Theory Workout (24 Keys, 2003), a series of technical exercises for the flute with MIDI accompaniment that the teaching of music fundamentals at the same time. His recent textbook publication,Hearing Form: Musical Analysis With and Without the Score(Routledge, 2010) is the first book on musical forms to come with a workbook and anthology accompanied by sound recordings. His works as a composer are published by Conners Publications and his song cycle, From Noon to Starry Night, was recently recorded by Lisa Garner Santa and Lora Deahl (available online at and

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