Dr. Noel Painter
Associate Dean and Director of Music Theory
Noel Painter, Associate Dean in the School of Music at Stetson University, is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Music Theory program. At Stetson, Painter directs the music theory curriculum, including the primary theory sequence, Music Culture, Musical Style and Analysis, aural training, functional keyboard and the upper-division theory courses Orchestration and Arranging, Counterpoint and Advanced Analytic Techniques. While at Stetson, he has compiled supplemental listening material for all aural training courses with recordings from a wide variety of vocal, chamber, and ensemble literature excerpts. In addition, Painter and other faculty members have created and edited series of text books for the creatively redesigned functional keyboard curriculum.
In 2009, Dr. Painter was awarded the William Hugh McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award, first presented to a faculty member in 1975, is the most prestigious honor given to a Stetson faculty member on the DeLand campus and represents excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Dr. Michael King, the 2008 winner, described Painter as "an amazing teacher who has been consistently lauded as one of Stetson's best. His students are driven by his high standards and expectations, are inspired by his enthusiasm for his subject and for teaching, and are impressed by his ability to ensure that everyone in his classes is learning... One of his students even described him as the 'jewel in the crown of the Stetson faculty.' " Painter is only the fourth music faculty member to be awarded the McEniry in the 34 years that the award has been given.
- Ph.D., Music Theory, Eastman School of Music, 2000
- M.M., Percussion Performance, Eastman School of Music, 1994
- M.A., Music Theory, Eastman School of Music, 1993
- B.M., Music Theory, Furman University, 1991
- Dr. Painter’s primary research interests involve course development in macro music analysis education. Previously, his research has examined how contour analysis and transformation networks may be combined to show large scale connections in the multiple percussion literature of the 20th century. Other research interests include 20th Century tonal systems and aural training pedagogy.
- Music Culture
- Music Theory III
- Theories of Contemporary Music
- Advanced Analytical Techniques