- Reno US-NV
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Dr. F. Robert Weirauch earned his B.MUS and M.MUS (in Music Theory) and a DMA (in Musicology and Conducting). These are the three basic areas of Music Teaching: Theory, History (or Musicology), and the Performing Arts. Dr. Robert Weirauch is primarily a performing artist. He is a solo pianist/accompanist/vocal coach and conductor/director of musical theater productions, as well as a trumpet soloist in Baroque concerti, and on occasion, a pretty good jazz soloist. That is not to imply that Dr. Weirauch’s achievements in Theory, Literature, or Style and Analysis are any less outstanding, as witnessed by the fact that his B.MUS and M.MUS degrees were awarded in three and a half years, instead of the customary five, and that his Musicology grades were straight A’s. The latter accomplishment serves as an indication of his early “advanced standing placement,” a result of a bandmaster father who taught him the rudiments of music early and well, along with lessons on trumpet and clarinet. Dr. Robert Weirauch also has a B.A. in Astronomy, Mathematics, and Physics, which still exists today as a PhD/ABD, where his “all but the dissertation” includes a thesis in Celestial Mechanics published by NASA as Technical Note D-573, as well as completed PhD coursework. Dr. Weirauch feels that studying for the orals to receive his doctorate would require recovering too many years of astrophysics—a task that looks less appealing now, since he has already achieved his DMA and prefers conducting concerts and directing musical theatre! This brings us to the current status of Dr. Robert Weirauch, who has spent 16 years (seven full-time and nine part-time) teaching college and university classes, in an environment where both Astronomy, Mathematics, and Physics courses are increasing in frequency at community colleges, but where modern, math-enriched Music Theory and Musicology courses, along with serious conducting opportunities, are more plentiful at larger universities. Dr. Weirauch’s favorite teaching institutions, regardless of the subject being taught, are the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, the University of Liverpool (UK), and any school, large or small, where the students come to learn, to ask questions, and to contribute to the class discussions.