Bryn Hughes

Title/Position: Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Theory and Composition


Why did you choose music as your career?

Music consumed all of my free time in high school. While thinking about university applications, I couldn’t imagine music being anything but central in my life. I became a music major and haven’t looked back. Music is the only career that doesn’t feel like work to me.

What would you say are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life?

Having my work presented at the national meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and the International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition.

Finish the statement, “Music is …”

... infinitely fascinating. It is what makes us human.

What do you hope to pass on to your students?

I hope that students who take my classes come away with a deeper passion for music and an increased enthusiasm for understanding how it works. I also hope they learn that this understanding will never be fully complete, and that is what is absolutely wonderful about it.

What music have you been listening to lately?

Steve Reich, Alfred Schnittke, W.A. Mozart, J.S. Bach, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Curtis Mayfield, Robert Johnson, Parliament, Arcade Fire, The Wu-Tang Clan, John Coltrane, Idris Muhammad, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Bob Marley, F.J. Haydn, Frederic Chopin ...

Short Biography
Bryn Hughes is an assistant professor of professional practice in the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he teaches freshman and sophomore music theory in the new Frost Experiential Music Curriculum, as well as graduate-level classes in music theory.  He earned his Ph.D. in music theory at Florida State University and also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include music cognition, popular music analysis, atonal voice leading, and the music of Alfred Schnittke. His dissertation involved an investigation of harmonic expectation in twelve-bar blues progressions. Dr. Hughes has presented research on atonal music analysis, popular music, and music cognition at numerous regional and national conferences, including the South Central Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Southeast, the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, Music Theory Midwest, the Society for Music Theory, the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and the International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition.  Bryn Hughes joined the faculty of the Frost School of Music in 2012.

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