Dr. James Bennighof
Professor of Music Theory

JAMES BENNIGHOF Ph.D., University of Iowa. Research and creative interests: critical analysis of 20th-century art music and American vernacular music, choral composition. Articles in Journal of Music Theory, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, American Music, College Music Symposium, and International Dictionary of Black Composers; papers read at various national conferences; choral works published by Oxford University Press and Heritage Music Press. President, Texas Society for Music Theory, 1997-2000. ~ More...

Dr. Eric Lai
Professor of Music Theory

ERIC LAI Ph.D., is Professor of Music Theory at Baylor University. Prior to joining the Baylor music faculty, he taught at Indiana University and Hong Kong Baptist University, and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. A former editor of Indiana Theory Review and currently serving on the Executive Board of the Texas Society for Music Theory, Dr. Lai holds degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Indiana University. His research areas include nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, cross-cultural issues, history of music theory, and Chinese music. ~ More...

Dr. Timothy McKinney
Professor of Music Theory

TIMOTHY MCKINNEY, Professor of Music Theory, came to Baylor University faculty in the fall of 2002 from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was serving as Associate Professor of Music Theory and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. McKinney holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music degree in Music Theory from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Viola Performance from William Jewell College. ~ More...

Dr. Horace Maxile, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Music Theory

HORACE J. MAXILE, Jr., Assistant Professor of Music Theory, holds the Ph.D. in Musicology (Music Theory emphasis) from Louisiana State University. In addition he holds degrees from Louisiana Tech University (B.S. Music Education) and Southeastern Louisiana University (M.M. Music Theory). Prior to joining the faculty at Baylor, he taught at The University of North Carolina at Asheville and served as Associate Director of Research at the Center for Black Music Research (Columbia College Chicago). ~ More...

Dr. Jana Millar
Senior Lecturer in Music Theory

JANA KUBITZA MILLAR Ph.D., University of North Texas. Professional interests include pedagogy of theory and aural skills, music perception, instructional technology, and form analysis. For over thirty years, Dr. Millar’s career has been focused on quality teaching of undergraduate core courses in music theory and aural skills. In addition she has presented at regional, national and international music conferences, authored and edited a variety of reports on computer-assisted instruction, and reviewed aural-skills manuscripts for textbook publishers. ~ More...

Dr. Angela Ripley
Lecturer in Music Theory

Angela Ripley joins the music faculty for a one-year appointment as Lecturer in Theory. She holds the Ph.D. in music theory from The Ohio State University as well as M.M. and B.M. degrees from Baylor University. She has served as Lecturer and Graduate Teaching Associate at Ohio State, where she was named as Outstanding Graduate Associate in Theory and Composition in 2015, and as Adjunct Instructor of Theory at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her research interests include music theory pedagogy, form, the history of theory, and church music.

Dr. Edward Taylor
Senior Lecturer in Music Theory

EDWARD TAYLOR joined the faculty of Baylor University in August 2006, having previously taught at William Paterson University and Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers University where he was a student of Charles Wuorinen. Additionally, he earned a B.M. in jazz studies from the Mason Gross School of the Arts where his principal teachers included Keith Copeland (jazz drums) and Kenny Barron (jazz composition). ~ More...