Dr. David Forrest is a visiting assistant professor of music theory. He teaches graduate and undergraduate theory and aural skills courses. His primary subfields are post-tonal prolongation and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
He is 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 professor Forrest has presented more than a dozen teaching and learning workshops and authored several online white papers for Texas Tech's Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center (TLPDC).
His 2010 Music Theory Spectrum article, "Prolongation in the Choral Music of Benjamin Britten," examines post-tonal triadic music from a Schenkerian perspective. Professor Forrest also serves as an author for the "American Music Theory" entry on Oxford Bibliographies Online, from the Oxford University Press. Professor Forrest has presented his research across the country in both music theory conferences and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conferences. He has earned research awards from the Texas Society for Music Theory and the South Central Society for Music Theory for his presentation titled "Twentieth Century Organum: Middleground voice leading in Britten's War Requiem" as well as teaching awards from Texas Tech's School of Music, Graduate School, and TLPDC.
From 2002-2005 professor Forrest taught choir and AP music theory at South Grand Prairie High School. During that time his 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 exams for music theory and aural skills.
Professor Forrest is an active choral conductor. He directs the music at Forrest Heights United Methodist Church. He also serves as associate director of the Canticum Novum chamber choir and president of the board of the West Texas Children's Chorus.
Professor Forrest holds a Ph.D. in music theory, a Master of Music in choral conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music education, all from Texas Tech University.