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Department: Music

Leon W. Couch IIILeon W. Couch III

Assistant Professor of Music


Hill Hall 115

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
Box 549033
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4958
Office Fax: (205) 226 3058
E-mail: lcouch@bsc.edu

Personal Web Site:


Brief Biography:

As a scholar, Dr. Leon W. Couch III concentrates on pragmatic applications of contemporary and historical music theories to keyboard performance. Numerous grants for his scholarship, performances, teaching, and public service have resulted in pedagogy software, an international solo recording, and a highly regarded 3-CD educational resource entitled Playing Buxtehude's Works Rhetorically offered by the national organization of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Couch has presented at numerous international, national, and regional conferences. (He also enjoys presenting lectures to the local AGO chapters and to the general public.) Recent projects include rhythmic analyses (Schenker) of Baroque organ works and musical-rhetorical interpretations of seventeenth-century German music. As a performer, Dr. Couch presents organ recitals, masterclasses, and lecture-recitals throughout the United States. In August 2007, the respected label Pro Organo released his solo recording Hamburger Rhetoric

Educational Background:

Ph.D. (2003); D.M.A. (2002), University of Cincinnati
M.M. (1995), University of Cincinnati
B.S. (1992); B.A. (1992)
B.M. (1992), University of Florida A.A. (1990), University of Florida

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Music Theory
  • Organ Performance
  • Electronic Music
  • History of MusicTheory

Courses Taught:

MS110 Piano
MS130 Organ
MS310 Piano
MS330 Organ
MS410 Piano
MS430 Organ

MU151 Elementary Theory I
Notation, scales, and keys; cadence patterns, chord classification, and basic harmonic progressions; four voiced writing using triads and the dominant seventh chord and their inversions. Three one-hour lecture classes and two weekly lab sessions focusing on appropriate elementary aural skills. Prerequisite: MU 150 and/or theory placement test results.

MU151L Elementary Theory I Lab