School of Music News

Professor, Descendant of Titanic Survivors, Teaching Class about Ship Disaster

Shelley Binder holding a model of the Titanic

UT Associate Professor Shelley Binder will reach into her family’s history—and draw upon her own research—to teach freshmen about one of the world’s most famous disasters: the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Binder’s great-grandmother, Leah Aks, and her great uncle, F. Phillip “Filly” Aks, were Titantic survivors.

Matsuriza Taiko Drum Ensemble Performs Tonight

A special performance by the Matsuriza Taiko Drum Ensemble will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.

Royse Named as CMS-NAMM Summer Fellow

David M. Royse, coordinator and associate professor of music education in UT’s School of Music, is one of nine music faculty members nationwide chosen to participate in the CMS-NAMM Summer Fellows Program for Music Faculty.

Research Week 2017: UT Music Student Finds Unique Tune in Grindcore Research

Musically speaking, Paul Royse, a senior from Knoxville in music theory and piano performance, is going where no one has gone before. His focus: grindcore, a genre of music fusing aspects of heavy metal and hardcore punk that originated in the mid-1980s but has been virtually absent in music research literature.