Faculty Profile

Patricia Burt

Assistant Professor of Music

VUCA 2507


Patricia Burt is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Valparaiso University where she teaches music theory and musicianship. Before moving to Valparaiso, she taught music theory, keyboard harmony, and piano at Illinois Wesleyan University and has also taught theory at Towson University and University of Maryland, College Park. For over a decade she maintained a private piano studio in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Burt earned a B.A. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University where she was preparing to study medicine. Her continued interest and participation in musical activities throughout her undergraduate years at Hopkins led her to enroll in the music program at Towson University where she studied voice and piano, the latter under the renowned pianist and teacher, Reynaldo Reyes. She holds a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance from Towson University. At University of Maryland, Dr. Burt earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory under the direction of the composer and theorist Dr. Thomas DeLio. Her dissertation is entitled “Registral Space as a Compositional Element: A New Analytic Method Applied to the Works of Ligeti, Josquin, and Beethoven.” In it, she outlines a new method that she has developed for the analysis of register and employs this method in a detailed examination of stylistically diverse compositions. Dr. Burt has presented her research on registral space at meetings of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic and the Great Lakes Chapter of The College Music Society and has guest lectured at colleges and universities along the east coast.