Stacey Davis, D.M.A.

Professor, Music Theory, Music

Stacey Davis, D.M.A.



Stacey Davis is Associate Chair of the Department of Music and Associate Professor of music theory at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She holds Ph.D. and M.M. degrees in music theory from Northwestern University and a B.M. in violin performance from Arizona State University. In her research, Dr. Davis seeks to make connections between the analysis of musical structure, empirical research in music cognition, and music theory pedagogy. One line of research focuses on the relationship between analysis, perception, and performance in J.S. Bach’s unaccompanied string works. In much of this research, emphasis is placed on analyzing implied polyphony and studying the extent to which it affects both a listener’s perceptual experience and a performer’s expressive choices. Additional research projects are centered on Britten’s unaccompanied cello suites, the relationship between metric ambiguity and performer expressivity, aural skills pedagogy, and rhythm/meter pedagogy. Portions of this research have been published in Music Perception, Psychology of Music, Music Theory Online, and The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and presented at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, the International Conference on Baroque Music, the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, The College Music Society, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Texas Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, the Society for Research in the Psychology of Music and Music Education, and the Texas Music Educators Association. At UTSA, Dr. Davis teaches courses in music theory and music psychology.



  • Basic Skills I-IV (MUS 1112, 1132, 2152, 2162)
  • Aural Skills I-IV (MUS 1102, 1112, 2102, 2112)
  • Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major (MUS 2623)
  • Analysis of 20th Century Music (MUS 3133)
  • Psychology of Music (MUS 3413)
  • Counterpoint (MUS 4133)
  • Analysis of Rhythm and Meter (MUS 4163)
  • Graduate Music Theory Review (MUS 5003)
  • Graduate Music Theory Pedagogy (MUS 5113)

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