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David Forrest

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Office: School of Music, Room 238

Phone: (806) 834-7026




David Forrest teaches graduate and undergraduate theory and aural skills courses. Dr. Forrest holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory, an M.M. in Choral Conducting, and a B.M. in Music Education, all from Texas Tech. His primary subfields are post-tonal prolongation and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His 2010 Music Theory Spectrum article, “Prolongation in the Choral Music of Benjamin Britten” examines post-tonal triadic music from a Schenkerian perspective.  Dr. Forrest also serves as an author for the “American Music Theory” entry in Oxford Music’s new online project Oxford Bibliographies Online.  Dr. Forrest has presented his research across the country in both Music Theory conferences as well as Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) conferences.  In addition to his Britten research, Dr. Forrest is currently examining music theory pedagogy through the lens of Kolb’s Experiential Learning model and co-authoring a study of phrase structure with Dr. Matthew Santa.  As a faculty developer Dr. Forrest has presented over a dozen teaching and learning workshops and authored several online white papers for Texas Tech’s Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center.  From 2002-2005 he taught choir and AP music theory at South Grand Prairie High School.  During that time Dr. Forrest’s choirs earned excellent and superior ratings at University Interscholastic League competitions and his theory students earned college credit by excelling on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Exam for Music Theory and Aural Skills.  Dr. Forrest has earned research awards from the Texas Society for Music Theory and the South Central Society for Music Theory as well as teaching awards from the Texas Tech School of Music, the Texas Tech Graduate School, and the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center.

Dr. Forrest is an active choral conductor. He directs the music at Forrest Heights United Methodist Church. He also serves as Associate Director of the chamber choir, Canticum Novum, and President of the Board of the West Texas Children’s Chorus.