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Tobias Rush

Associate Professor; Music Theory; Aural Skills; Technology; Composition; Coordinator of Music Composition Program; Chair of the Department of Music

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Tobias Rush
Phone: 937-229-3917
FH 475A


  • Ph.D., Theory and Composition, University of Northern Colorado, 2007
  • M.M., Theory and Composition, University of Northern Colorado, 1998
  • B.A., Music Education, Adams State University, 1996


An active pedagogue and technologist, Toby Rush currently serves as associate professor of music theory and technology at the University of Dayton. He received his Doctor of Arts in Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007, where he studied with R. Evan Copley and Jonathan Bellman. His dissertation and secondary project included an analysis of the third piano concerto of Bohuslav Martinů, an original composition for piano and orchestra, and a multimedia software program exploring the mathematical theory behind the music of Classical Greece.

Dr. Rush's research interests include applications of educational technology and new media for music studies, interface design, and music theory and aural skills pedagogy. His pedagogical materials have garnered worldwide acclaim, and include Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People, a set of more than 50 innovative theory review sheets. Recent software projects include Braille Music Notator, an online system for assisting sighted musicians to easily create elegant braille music scores. His compositions have been performed by student and professional ensembles throughout the southwest United States.

Dr. Rush has been recognized as Outstanding Faculty at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was also a two-time recipient of the Recognition for Commitment to Excellence in Teaching. He served for seven years as the co-director of the Rocky Mountain Music Technology Workshop. He is a member of CMS, ATMI, MENC and OMEA, and maintains an active role in the local music education community.