Gretta Sayers

Music Theory
  • B.A. Honours, Music Theory, Music History (University of Regina)
  • M.A. , Music Theory (University of Western Ontario)
  • Ph.D. , Music Theory (University of Kansas)


Phone: 204-727-9611

Gretta is Adjunct Instructor of Theory and Aural Skills at the School of Music at Brandon University. Prior to teaching at BU, she taught at the University of Kansas and the University of Western Ontario.

Her current research explores perception of music, specifically the perception of musical form in post-common practice art music. Her dissertation applies theories of musical perception to the analysis of Debussy’s piano preludes, defining formal patterns based on correlative relationships. Gretta’s other areas of interest include music theory pedagogy and empirical methods in music research. She has presented her research at conferences in Canada and the US.

Gretta’s career includes nearly twenty-five years of teaching experience with more than ten years at the university level teaching courses in the undergraduate theory sequence, aural skills, and musicianship. She was adjunct at Brandon University from 2005 to 2008 and held T.A. positions at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Kansas. Outside of her adjunct duties, Gretta teaches private theory, harmony, and history lessons, and also works with international music students at the undergraduate and graduate levels helping them to augment their skills with Western academic approaches.

Familiar with current pedagogical methods, Gretta created an online music rudiments course based on the flipped classroom model for incoming BU music students who need remedial theory work before commencing their degree programs. In the course, students watch instructional videos and complete exercises before meeting with Gretta, either virtually or in person, in order to maximize lesson time. This format also benefits students by offering them the freedom to enroll at any time and to progress through the course at their own pace.