Professor of Music Theory
Nancy Rogers

Contact Information

Music Theory and Composition
Office Location
LON 406

Nancy Rogers, Professor of Music Theory, supervises first-year music theory at FSU and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including both common-practice and post-tonal theory and analysis, aural skills, practical keyboard harmony, music cognition, and music theory pedagogy. In 2013, she received the Florida State University Undergraduate Teaching Award, and she has also been nominated for graduate teaching awards at FSU.

With research interests including music cognition and its pedagogical implications, Dr. Rogers has presented papers at numerous national, international, and regional conferences. The ninth edition of Music for Sight Singing (Pearson), co-authored with Robert W. Ottman, was published in 2013; the tenth edition will be released in 2018. Recent publications include a modernization of the traditional minuet composition project (Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy), an analysis of Loewe’s Erlkönig (Intégral), and an investigation into correlated music theoretical and mathematical abilities (proceedings of ICMPC14).

Professor Rogers has served as Secretary of the Society for Music Theory, President of Music Theory Southeast, and Treasurer of Music Theory Midwest. Before coming to Florida State University, she was on the faculties of Northwestern University, the University of Iowa, and Lawrence University. She is actively involved with the Advanced Placement program in Music Theory through the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Professor Rogers received a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, where she won both school-wide and university-wide teaching awards. She also holds a M.M. in music theory from the University of Michigan, a B.M. in music theory and composition from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in linguistics from Northwestern University. Dr. Rogers is a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities.

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