Benjamin Graf

Principal Lecturer of Music Theory

Czech Music Initiative Coordinator


Czech Music Initiative, Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology, Music Theory

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Benjamin Graf is an active scholar in music theory, pedagogy and performance. He has completed three different music degrees— Music Education (BS, Towson University), Music Performance (MM, University of North Texas), and Music Theory (PhD, University of North Texas). He was awarded the Presidential Scholarship at the College of Fine Arts (Towson University) and following his undergraduate studies with Luis Engelke, Joel Puckett and Donald Watts, he pursued graduate study.  Benjamin came to UNT on a trumpet performance scholarship and studied with trumpet pedagogue Keith Johnson. Benjamin has performed trumpet full-time for WJS Productions and Hershey Entertainment.  

After earning a teaching fellowship in music theory, Benjamin pursued doctoral study, presenting research at local, regional and international conferences in Florida, Indiana, Australia, and beyond. Benjamin not only received the Outstanding Graduate Student in Music Theory award and the Outstanding Doctoral Student in Music Theory award, but he also played intercollegiate tennis and won the UNT Recreational Sports Outstanding Male Athlete award.  Benjamin was on the faculty at three other DFW institutions (UT-Arlington, Dallas Baptist University and Texas Woman’s University) before returning to UNT in Fall 2017. He now coordinates and mentors the Teaching Fellows in music theory, teaches several core theory classes, and continues to expand his research interests.  For example, he is a co-host of the Note Doctors podcast in music theory pedagogy, and as a result, co-presented the plenary session at the 2022 Texas Society for Music Theory.  He also recently presented on minor-key superhero themes in film music and intends to expand his work on motivic analysis, film music, and creative and inclusive pedagogy.

In May 2022, he became coordinator of the UNT College of Music Czech Music Initiative and visited Olomouc, Brno, and Prague with the UNT Baroque Orchestra and UNT Opera students in July 2022.