School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Michael Oravitz (M.M. and Ph. D., Music Theory, Indiana University, Bloomington) maintains research interests in the music of Claude Debussy, musical form, meter, theory pedagogy, and aural skills strategies. He teaches courses in theory and history at UNC.
Michael has published on formal designs in Debussy’s piano music in Res Musica (2015) and Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de recherche en musique (2013). He has presented on Debussy at the 2016 Rocky Mountain AMS Conference, the 2015 Rocky Mountain Society of Music Theory Conference, the 2015 Rocky Mountain College Music Society (CMS) Conference, the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory (Tallinn, 2014); the 2013 CMS Great Lakes Conference; the 2012 International Multidisciplinary Colloquium on Music at the University of Quebec; the 2012 CMS South Central Conference; the 2008 AMS/SMT Joint Conference in Nashville; the 2007 European Music Analysis Conference in Freiburg; and the 2010 and 2006 Music Theory Midwest Conferences.
He has published on aural skills strategies in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2012) and presented on that topic at the 2008 Music Theory Midwest Conference respectively. He has also presented on undergraduate theory pedagogy at the 2014 Rocky Mountain College Music Society Conference. For the 2014–15 academic year, he represented the College of Performing and Visual Arts as its Faculty Fellow for UNC’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
He is a member of the Society for Music Theory, The American Musicological Society and its Rocky Mountain Chapter, the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, and the College Music Society. He has served on various program committees for CMS, Rocky Mountain SMT, and Music Theory Midwest.