Scott Murphy has taught music theory at the University of Kansas since 2001. He holds a PhD in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and MM degrees in both Musicology and Music Composition and BM degrees in both Music Theory and Music Composition from the University of Kansas. He won two teaching awards from the University of Rochester and three teaching awards from KU, including the 2009 Byron Shutz Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He has published articles on a variety of topics, including new approaches to works by Haydn, Ives, Bartók, and Penderecki. But much of his current research concentrates on film music analysis and new conceptions of meter, especially with regards to the music of Brahms. His article "On Metre in the Rondo of Brahms's Op. 25" in Music Analysis won the 2009 Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory. His research also appears or is forthcoming in Intégral, Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Online, Music Theory Spectrum, Perspectives of New Music, and Twentieth-Century Music, and in the books Oxford Handbook of Film Music Studies, Terror Tracks, and The Music of Fantasy Cinema. He has presented his research at conferences in Austria, Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, Korea, Portugal, and Scotland, as well as in many places through North America. He has been invited to speak at many universities, including Florida State University, University of Chicago, University of Texas (Austin), and Yale University.
He is a past president of Music Theory Midwest. He also currently serves on the Intégral editorial board, and previously served on the editorial boards of Music Theory Online and Journal of Film Music. His previous professional pursuits include serving as organist and director of music at churches in Lawrence and Rochester, performing background piano music in local restaurants, and writing music for local film and television productions. He is married to Joy Kimball Murphy, MD, and has two children Ian and Claire.