Dr. Nico Schüler, Professor of Music Theory & Musicology and Coordinator of Music Theory & Aural Skills, holds degrees from E.-M.-Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany (M.A., Musicology) and Michigan State University (Ph.D., Music Theory). He was Co-Chair of Texas State's Common Experience, from April 2006 through November 2011, the co-chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan Team from 2006 through 2010, and is currently the Chair of the University Arts Committee.
Dr. Schüler was the recipient of the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly / Creative Activities as well as a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004), for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service (2004, 2005, 2008), and for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly / Creative Activities (2012) at Texas State University. In 2008-2009, he was the Presidential Fellow at Texas State University. He was also the recipient of several major scholarships, grants, and fellowships. He was an invited speaker at national and international conferences and workshops in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, England, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Serbia, Peru, South Korea, Japan, and throughout the United States and Canada. His main research interests are music theory pedagogy, interdisciplinary aspects of modern music, methods and methodology of music research, computer applications in music, as well as world music (especially selected aspects of West African and of Korean music).
Dr. Schüler is the editor of the research book series Methodology of Music Research (New York: Peter Lang), the editor of the peer-reviewed journal South Central Music Bulletin, a member of the editorial board for the internationally refereed journal New Sound, the author and / or editor of 20 books, and the author of more than 90 articles. He is also a contributor to the new editions of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as well as of Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG).
Dr. Schüler is a Past President of the College Music Society's South Central Chapter, the past Vice President of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Composers USA, and a former Executive Board Member of the Texas Society for Music Theory. He is currently the Music Theory Board Member of the College Music Society's South Central Chapter and the Secretary of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Composers USA. At Texas State University, he has been the campus representative of the College Music Society since 2001.