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Peter Smucker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Director of Music Theory

Peter Smucker joined the Stetson faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of music theory. He teaches core music theory courses, functional keyboard, counterpoint and advanced analytical techniques. Prior to his appointment at Stetson, he held visiting and lecturer positions at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, Valparaiso University and the University of Minnesota. Smucker was previously a band director in Indiana, teaching high school and middle school concert, marching and jazz bands. Smucker's research interests focus on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, post-tonal music in the United States, music theory pedagogy, intersections of society and music and multimedia, works by American composer Elliott Carter, and transformational theory.

Dr. Smucker has presented regionally and nationally at the Society of Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, Music Theory Southeast, Music and the Moving Image, the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and at the North American Conference on Video Game Music. Some of Dr. Smucker's presentations include listener-sensitive approaches to Elliott Carter's late chamber music, the role of Beethoven's music in video games, expressive timing in barbershop quartets, Appalachian folk music and the supernatural, and a lecture-recital on Elliott Carter's songs. Dr. Smucker is currently the Director of Music Theory at Stetson, overseeing all core music theory courses, aural training, and functional keyboard. He also serves on the Africana Studies Committee and Academic Technology Committee. Professionally, he is on the editorial board for the "Video Lectures, Performances & Lecture-Recitals" component of College Music Symposium, and free-lances by setting musical scores and Sc henkerian graphs for various music publishers, including Cambridge University Press and W.W. Norton and Co.


  • Ph.D., music theory, University of Chicago
  • M.A., music theory, University of Minnesota
  • B.M.E., music education, Valparaiso University

Course Topics

  • Music Theory I-IV
  • Functional Keyboard
  • Music Theory Fundamentals
  • Counterpoint
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques

Research Interests

  • Music of Elliott Carter
  • 20th/21st century post-tonal music
  • Music and society in multimedia
  • Video game music
  • Music theory Pedagogy
  • Transformational theory


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