Ottman, Robert 1914-2005

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OTTMAN, Robert 1914-2005

(Robert William Ottman)

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born May 3, 1914, in Fulton, NY; died June 30, 2005, in Denton, TX. Educator and author. Ottman was a professor emeritus of music at the University of North Texas. He earned his B.M. at the University of Rochester in 1938, followed by a master's degree in music in 1943. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he studied music composition under Alec Rowley at the Trinity College of Music in London, England. He then joined the North Texas State University faculty in 1946, where he also completed his doctorate in music in 1956. Ottman remained at the institution, which later became the University of North Texas, until his retirement in 1980. He was the author of several texts on music and music theory, including Music for Sight Singing (1956; third edition, 1986), Elementary Harmony: Theory and Practice (1961; fifth edition, 1998), Advanced Harmony: Theory and Practice (1961; fourth edition, 1992), Rudiments of Music (1970; second edition, 1987), Workbook for Elementary Harmony (1974; second edition, 1983), Programmed Rudiments of Music (1979; second edition, 1994), and More Music for Sight Singing (1981).



Chronicle of Higher Education, August 12, 2005, p. A44.