Music Appreciation / Music Theory / Aural Techniques
David Odegaard currently teaches Music Appreciation at Tennessee Tech University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from The University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Music Theory from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Odegaard’s Master’s Thesis “Sonata Form and Deformation in Dimitri Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony” explore Shostakovich’s unique approach to the sonata form via Schenkerian analysis. His paper entitled “Key-relationships in Roméo et Juliette” was presented at the international Berlioz Bicentennial Conference, Denton, Texas, and at the University of Würzburg, Germany. As adjunct faculty at the University of Central Florida, Mr. Odegaard taught music theory, aural skills, and applied double bass and established a computer assisted ear training lab.
While in the Dallas, Texas area Mr. Odegaard maintained a large studio of double bass students from beginner through precollege level in the nationally acclaimed Plano Independent School District. His students achieved prominence in solo and ensemble festivals, regional UIL orchestral competitions, and youth orchestra auditions.
As an active professional double bassist, Mr. Odegaard performed with several Dallas area orchestras and show productions. Since moving to Tennessee he has continued performing in area orchestras and featured productions and maintains a private bass studio. David is currently the principle bassist if the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.