Derek J. Myler
MA/PhD in Theory
Derek J. Myler (email@example.com) is a second-year Ph.D. student in Music Theory. He holds the B.M. in Vocal Performance from Weber State University (2015) and the M.M. in Music Theory from the University of Utah (2018). As a primary research area, Derek is interested in the music of Charles Ives, particularly in his polytonal and polymetric procedures, and the vantage points offered by cognitive science, phenomenology, and philosophy of time for understanding these techniques. Recently, Derek has also applied his familiarity with Polish-language scholarship and literature to questions of style and aesthetics in a corpus of works by Polish composers active in the first half of the nineteenth century.
Before coming to Eastman, Derek taught music theory at the University of Utah as an associate instructor and served on the music theory faculty of the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City. Derek also enjoyed many years in Utah working as a music director for community theatres, as a collaborative pianist with area ensembles, and as a piano tuner and technician.
Outside of music, Derek enjoys kayaking, running, bread baking, and spending time with his wife Shelby and their unfailingly entertaining three-year-old Zoë.