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Gary Foster

Senior Lecturer in Music Theory

Dr. Gary Foster, Senior Lecturer in Music Theory at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, taught for 28 years at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., ten of which he served as music department chair. At Northeastern, he taught music theory, music education courses and studio piano.

Earlier in his career, Foster taught music for ten years in the Ector County School District in Odessa, Texas. There, he led junior high and high school choral groups that typically earned high scores at University Interscholastic League concert and sight reading competitions.

Foster, a lifetime member of Phi Mu Alpha national music fraternity, joined the SMU faculty in 2005, where he teaches music theory, form and analysis, and aural skills, and often serves on student recital committees.


Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 4.0 grade average; M.M., Texas Tech University, 4.0 grade average; B.M., University of North Texas, graduated with honors

Professional Experience

Taught several different courses in music including studio piano, music theory, counterpoint, form & analysis and music education methods (elementary and secondary); conducted and accompanied numerous choral groups (public school, church choir); served as organist for Episcopal churches (Oklahoma). Serves on SMU Meadows junior and senior recital committee reviewing performance voice and instrument majors.


Music Theory I, II, III, IV; Aural Skills I, II, III, IV; Form & Analysis (MUTH 3350); Counterpoint


Recognized for Outstanding Teaching at Northeastern State University, Oklahoma.

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