Department of Music, Theatre
and Dance
Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

Phyllis White


Phyllis White
Special Lecturer, Music
What's On Your Playlist? Song and Songwriting


Phyllis Wolfe White holds Oakland University's BM in Music Theory, MM in Music Education and Ph.D. in Music Education and as such, is the first person to ever hold three degrees from the Department of Music, Theater and Dance. She has served Oakland as an adjunct special lecturer in music since 1987. Her work in designing and teaching popular, innovative courses in collaborative composition and songwriting, music fundamentals, theory for musical theatre majors, musicianship for dancers, and traditional and emergent courses in music listening earned her Oakland’s 2003 Excellence in Teaching Award. Wolfe White is also an internationally recognized composer of educational choral music with more than one hundred published titles and over a million copies sold in twenty-seven countries. Her research interests lie at the intersection of online learning and musical understanding for undergraduate non-music majors.