I am a music theorist exploring the nature of tonal structures and their ornamentation in the late Middle Ages. In my dissertation, “De fundamento discanti: Structure and Elaboration in Fourteenth-Century Diminished Counterpoint,” I examine the compositional process described (both explicitly and implicitly) in the earliest counterpoint treatises in order to develop a historically-rooted methodology for structural analysis.


Ph.D., Music Theory, Indiana University (2019)

M.A., Music Theory, University of North Texas (2013)

B.M., Composition, University of North Texas (2010)

Ryan Taycher

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