Taryn Denton
Teaching Artist / Music Theory

BM, University of Texas at Arlington, Music Theory

TARYN DENTON began playing the viola at age 11 in her public school’s orchestra program and quickly fell in love with its unique place within the ensemble. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), where she served as principal violist of the UTASO (2010-2011) and as a member of the Summit String Quartet (2009-2011). She originally pursued a degree in viola performance, but major playing-related injuries discovered in 2010 severely restricted her playing ability. Forced to take a break from viola while her arm healed, she turned to music theory to fill some spaces in her schedule and wound up finding her next great passion! She then served as a summer theory research assistant, presented several theory research papers including her Senior Research Analysis of her favorite video game music, Sly 2: Band of Thieves, and became a yearly counselor for UTA’s Summer Strings Camp, where she got her first taste of teaching music theory and discovered she loved it! (2014)

She graduated with her Bachelor of Music with a concentration Theory in May 2015 and B Sharp is the best thing that ever happened to her! She loves being able to teach both of her favorite things, viola and theory, and is learning just as much from her kids as they are from her! Her plans for the future include B Sharp (of course), continuing to pursue local performance opportunities, and one day to present all her theory teaching ideas and activities she has created at B Sharp with other music teachers at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).