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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 a adjunct faculty in music theory and ear-training. She is originally from Lufkin, TX and is a graduate of Lufkin High School.

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.

Prior to her assignment at SFA, Roth 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, and has played piano for various small ensembles, church services, and soloists’ accompaniment. She also spent several years teaching K-12; she was a fine arts specialist for Lufkin ISD, and has also worked with Central ISD and Nacogdoches ISD.

An East Texas native, she is a passionate supporter of traditional military-style marching and the march musical form. Roth is a member of the National Association of Military Marching Bands and a strong advocate for the preservation of this historic style.

As a part-time composer, Roth has written and arranged 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 participated in the 2018 Composing in the Wilderness field course as part of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

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 scrapping, and playing recorder.​