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Adjunct Faculty, Sound Recording Technology

Adjunct Faculty, Music Theory

  • M.M., Music Theory, Texas State University (2011)
  • B.M., Percussion Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University (2008)
Kayla Roth is an adjunct lecturer in music theory, ear-training, music appreciation, and sound recording technology. She is originally from Lufkin, TX.

Roth earned her bachelor's degree in percussion performance at Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Dr. Scott Harris. She was frequently a featured soloist and guest conductor in the percussion ensemble. Highlights of this time include being chosen as a winner in the 2006 Concerto/Aria Competition, performing with She-e Wu in her guest recital at SFASU, and participating in the Southwest premier of Danielpour’s American Requiem.

Roth earned her master’s degree in music theory from Texas State University where she studied with Dr. Nico Schuler and Dr. Kevin Mooney. Her independent studies focused on popular music theory and recording techniques, culminating in her thesis, “Son of Beatles: A Historical and Analytical Study of the Music of Electric Light Orchestra”, which studied the salient aural traits of the band and analyzed both the theory of the music and technical aspects of the recording processes used.

Roth has worked as a pianist, drummer, and vocalist at sing-along piano venues across Texas, Florida, and Arkansas, in which shows were audience-driven and all-request. She has also played piano for various small ensembles, church services, and soloists’ accompaniment.

As a composer, Roth has written and arranged many pieces for percussion ensemble, recorder quintet, solo piano, and rock/pop band. She recently had her piece Loblolly premiered at the 2017 Tuba-Euphonium Conference of the Rockies, and continues to write and arrange.

Roth’s main focus is in education, where she spent several years teaching K-12. She was a fine arts specialist for Lufkin I.S.D., where she taught K-2nd grade students. Concurrently, she also taught for Central I.S.D., where she taught percussion, music theory, jazz studies, private lessons, and accompanied UIL soloists. Her years in public school were arduous and extremely rewarding, and have been instrumental in her success in higher education.

Roth grew up playing guitar(s) and drumset and singing with her siblings in the Roth Family Band, and later picked up piano. She enjoys dabbling in any instrument she can find. Additional interests include researching, gardening, drawing and painting, her animals, physical fitness, metal recycling, and playing recorder.