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Dr. James Bennighof
Professor of Music Theory

James Bennighof is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Policy and Professor of Music Theory at Baylor University. Prior to his appointment at Baylor, he was at the University of Iowa, where he earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees; he earned the B.M. at the University of Richmond. His research has focused on critical analysis of twentieth-century art music and American vernacular music, and has resulted in two books, The Words and Music of Paul Simon (Praeger, 2007) and The Words and Music of Joni Mitchell (Praeger, 2010); ~ More...




Dr. Amy Fleming
Lecturer in Music Theory

Amy Fleming is a Lecturer in Music Theory at Baylor University, where she teaches written theory and aural skills. She completed her undergraduate degree at Wheaton College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Music Composition and Music History. She continued her studies at the Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Music Theory/History and received the Creative Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Architecture. ~ More...





Dr. Eric Lai

Professor of Music Theory

Eric Lai is Professor of Music Theory at Baylor University, and holds degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Dip. RSAMD) and Indiana University (MM, PhD). Before coming to Baylor, he taught at Indiana University and Hong Kong Baptist University, and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Lai was a former editor of Indiana Theory Review and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bruckner Society of America. ~ More...




Dr. Timothy McKinney
Professor of Music Theory

Timothy McKinney, Professor of Music Theory and Director of the Academic Studies Division, came to Baylor in 2002 from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts. He earned degrees from the University of North Texas (PhD), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MM), and William Jewell College (BS). His research interests include text/music relationships, the history of music theory, and musical form. ~ 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. He also completed studies at Louisiana Tech University (BS Music Education) and Southeastern Louisiana University (MM). Prior to his appointment 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). His research interests include the concert music of African-American composers, gospel music, and musical semiotics. ~ More...




Dr. Jana Millar
Senior Lecturer in Music Theory

Jana Millar is Senior Lecturer of Music Theory at Baylor University, and holds degrees in music theory from the University of North Texas (MM, PhD) and Baylor University (BM). Current professional interests include the pedagogy of theory and aural skills, contemplative pedagogy, and instructional technology. Since joining the Baylor music faculty in 1988, her career has been focused on quality teaching of undergraduate core courses in music theory and aural skills. She also teaches graduate theory review and theory pedagogy courses. ~ 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 holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in music theory and composition from Rutgers University where he was a student of Charles Wuorinen. Prior to joining the faculty of Baylor University in 2006, Taylor taught at William Paterson University, Rutgers, and Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey. Taylor’s research interests focus on post-tonal and twelve-tone theory, and he has presented guest lectures at Columbia University, Bucknell University, Western Illinois University, Houghton College, and the University of Central Florida. ~ More...