Professor of Music Theory
Michael Buchler

Contact Information

Music Theory and Composition
Office Location
LON 211

Professor of Music Theory Michael Buchler has taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses in music theory, including linear analysis and theory and analysis of recent music. He is also the Faculty Director of FSU’s Music Living-Learning Community.

Professor Buchler is President of the Society for Music Theory (SMT) and has previously served as Vice-President, a Member-at-Large on the SMT’s Executive Board, and as both a member and as chair of the SMT Program Committee. He was President of Music Theory Southeast from 2016-2018. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of SMT-V, Indiana Theory Review, Rivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale, and Music Theory Online.

Professor Buchler's research focuses on Broadway musicals, analysis of twentieth- and twenty-first century music, and critiques of transformational analysis. He has presented his work at numerous conferences, and his articles and reviews appear in Music Theory Spectrum, Perspectives of New Music, Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Online, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Journal of the Society for American Music, Journal of Mathematics and Music, and other journals. He has delivered keynote addresses at Music Theory Midwest, the Music Theory Society of New York State, the University of Arizona Graduate Student Music Conference, the Indiana University Graduate Theory Society Symposium, and the Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable.

Professor Buchler received the Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, the MM from the University of Michigan, and the BM from the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Florida State University in 2002, he taught on the faculties of Indiana University and the University of Iowa. He has received university-wide teaching awards at Florida State University and the University of Iowa.