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Nico Schüler

Dr. Nico Schüler
Dr. Nico Schüler

Dr. Nico Schüler, Associate Director for Graduate Studies and University Distinguished Professor of Music Theory & Musicology, holds degrees from Greifswald University in Germany (M.A., Musicology) and Michigan State University (Ph.D., Music Theory). He is a past President of the Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society and a past President of the South Central Chapter of the College Music Society. Dr. Schüler was an invited speaker at national and international conferences and workshops in Germany, Ghana, Italy, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, England, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Peru, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, and throughout the United States and Canada. In 2006-2007, he was honored as “Distinguished International Scholar” by the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

His main research interests are interdisciplinary aspects of 19th and 20th century musics, methods and methodology of music research, digital humanities, music theory pedagogy, music historiography, as well as creativity. Dr. Schüler is the co-editor of the research book series Methodology of Music Research, the editor of the peer-reviewed journal South Central Music Bulletin, the author and / or editor of 21 books, and the author of more than 150 articles or book chapters. His most recent books are on Musical Listening Habits of College Students (2010), Approaches to Music Research: Between Practice and Epistemology (2011), and Computer-Assisted Music Analysis (2014).

At Texas State University, Dr. Schüler was the Coordinator of Music Theory (2001-2006 and 2012-2013), Director of Graduate Studies in Music (2006-2008), Presidential Fellow (2008-2009), Co-Chair of the QEP Team (2007-2010), Co-Chair of the Common Experience (2006-2011), Chair of the University Performing Arts Committee (since 2012), and Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of Music (since 2023). He was the recipient of the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly / Creative Activities at Texas State and of numerous other scholarly and teaching awards.

Dr. Schüler enjoys mentoring students, who over the years have, under his direct supervision, received prestigious scholarships and fellowships, published more than 100 articles and book chapters,  gave more than 170 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, and received numerous best student presentation awards. Many of Dr. Schüler's students went on for doctoral studies and are holding music faculty positions across the United States.