Division: Composition & Theory
Position: Associate Professor
Office: E-566 HFAC
Brent Yorgason is an Associate Professor at the BYU School of Music, where he specializes in music theory and aural skills. He received his Ph.D. in music theory from Indiana University in 2009 with a dissertation entitled “Dispersal, Downbeat Space, and Metric Drift: Aspects of Expressive Timing and Meter.” He has presented his research in numerous regional, national, and international conferences, including the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, the Association for Music in Technology, the IU Symposium on Performance and Analysis, the International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, and the international symposium Performing Brahms in the Twenty-First Century. His work has been published in Music Theory Pedagogy Online, Musical Currents from the Left Coast, and Analyzing the Music of Living Composers. He recently co-edited a collection of articles entitled Form and Process in Music, 1300-2014 for Cambridge Scholars Publishing. In addition to his studies of meter and performance, Brent’s research interests include such diverse topics as Schenkerian analysis, machine metaphors in music, minimalism and post-minimalism, the use of technology in music pedagogy, and hymnology.
Brent is the Managing Editor of Music Theory Online, the official online journal of the Society for Music Theory—a position he has held since 2003. He is the creator and moderator of the society’s online discussion website, SMT Discuss, and serves on the SMT Networking Committee. He has also worked extensively as a computer programmer, developing music pedagogical software such as the Variations Audio Timeliner—an annotation tool used extensively in the formal analysis of recorded music, ear training software, and other music-analytical tools for the digital music library project at Indiana University. Brent has also helped to develop online music fundamentals courses for Indiana University (Music Fundamentals Online) and Connect4Education (OnMusicFundamentals).
Before joining the faculty at BYU, Brent taught at Marietta College, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Indiana University, where he had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects ranging from music theory and aural skills to music history, jazz history, world music, orchestration, counterpoint, and composition.
PhD, Music Theory, Indiana University, 2009
MM, Music Theory, Indiana University, 1999
BA, Music (cum laude with honors), Utah State University, 1997
AAS, Music (with honors), Ricks College, 1995