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Patrick Miller

Associate Professor of Music Theory; Chair, Music Theory; Director, Academic Studies Division

Music Theory

The Hartt School
860.768.4120 F 333

PhD, University of Michigan

MM, University of Kansas

BM, University of Kansas

Patrick Miller received his B.Mus. (music theory & piano) and M.Mus. (music theory) from the University of Kansas studying music theory with Jeannette Cass and Stanley N. Shumway, and piano with Richard Reber and Angelica Morales von Sauer. Doctoral studies (Ph.D., music theory) were completed at the University of Michigan studying music theory with Wallace Berry, Benjamin Boretz, and Leonard B. Meyer.

His areas of research include Heinrich Schenker, formal analysis, and film music. An extensive project with the music compositions of Schenker involved research at the Heinrich Schenker Archive of the Oswald Jonas Memorial Collection at the University of California, Riverside and at the Music Division of the Library of Congress. The project culminated with a recording of Schenker's music, The Music of Heinrich Schenker, for the Musical Heritage Society. Research includes publications for College Music Symposium, Journal of Musicological Research, and Perspectives of New Music; and presentations for the American Musicological Society, College Music Society, and the Society for Music Theory. Grants include funding from the Connecticut Humanities Council, New Hampshire Council for the Humanities, and the University of Hartford.

Patrick Miller has performed extensively as a pianist providing musical accompaniments for American and international silent films. Films include The Battleship Potemkin, Ben-Hur, The Birth of a Nation, The General, The Gold Rush, Greed, Intolerance, Metropolis, Pandora's Box, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Safety Last!, and Sunrise. Performances include screenings at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Yale University.

He teaches undergraduate courses in tonal harmony, tonal form and analysis, and film music, and graduate courses in Schenkerian analysis, and advanced form and analysis. Patrick Miller has been a National Teaching Fellow and has taught at the University of Michigan, University of North Texas, and Wesleyan University