Noel Painter

Professor of Music

Noel Painter is highly respected throughout the Stetson campus by students and faculty alike. 

  • PhD, music theory, Eastman School of Music, 2000
  • M.M., percussion performance, Eastman School of Music, 1995
  • MA, music theory, Eastman School of Music, 1994
  • BM, music theory, Furman University, 1991


Noel Painter


Noel Painter joined the faculty of Stetson University School of Music in 1999, and served as associate dean in the School of Music from 2007-16 when he was asked to step into the interim provost position. Dr. Painter then served as the Executive Vice President and Provost from January 2017 to June 2023.  He has also served as interim dean in the School of Music during much of the 2012-13 academic year. In all of these roles, Dr. Painter was integrally involved in many university initiatives, committees, and task forces, including work on faculty salary, governance, enrollment and financial aid, student success, accreditation, policy, and curriculum revision. 

Currently, Painter directs all component of the core music theory curriculum in the School of Music, 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. His work coordinating core curricula has resulted in a compilation of supplemental listening material for all aural training courses with recordings from a wide variety of vocal, chamber and ensemble literature excerpts, as well as a series of text books for the creatively-designed functional keyboard curriculum.

In 2009, 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 University faculty member at the DeLand campus and represents excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Michael King, PhD, the 2008 winner, described Painter as "an amazing teacher who has been consistently lauded as one of Stetson [University]'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 University faculty.'" Painter is only the fourth music faculty member to be awarded the McEniry Award.

Prior to his arrival at Stetson University, Painter taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. A result of his commitment to teaching and scholarship, Painter was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, the Sloan Scholarship Award and the Edward Peck Curtis Teaching Award -- the highest graduate award available to graduate assistants at any of the University of Rochester's six campus branches.

Painter has studied with some of the most renowned names in music, including percussion studies with John Beck, and music theory with Elizabeth Marvin, Robert Morris, David Beach and Bob Gauldin. His early research examined contour analysis and transformation networks, twentieth century tonal systems, and aural training pedagogy. More recently, Dr. Painter has presented research at the 2015 Sharing Excellence Colloquium [Accommodations as an Opportunity for Creativity and Deeper Inclusion for All Students (with Stacy Collins)] and the 2016 Academic Chairpersons Conference [Making Decisions That Faculty Support: Healthy Systems for Administrative Collaboration (with Thomas Gilmore Masse)]. Painter received his PhD, MM [percussion], and MA from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), and a BM from Furman University.

More About Noel Painter

Areas of Expertise

  • Music analysis
  • Keyboard techniques

Course Sampling

  • Music Culture
  • Musical Style and Analysis
  • Aural Training
  • Functional Keyboard
  • Orchestration and Arranging
  • Music Theory III
  • Theories of Contemporary Music
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques

  • Course development in macro music analysis education
  • Combination of contour analysis and transformation networks to show large scale connections in the multiple percussion literature of the 20th century
  • Twentieth century tonal systems and aural training pedagogy