Jason Patterson from Ennis, TX, is currently working on his PhD in Music Theory. He received his Masters in Music Theory at UNT under the supervision of Dr. Jackson, while his undergraduate degree was a BA in Music from Texas A&M University. Jason's research interests largely revolve around Mahler and Schenkerian analysis. He is interested in developing new ways of understanding Mahler's complex musical language and symphonic structures. Schenkerian analysis is one major tool he uses for these endeavors. Jason is currently working on an article about the first movement of Mahler's Seventh Symphony, exploring the tonal dichotomy and subsequent conflict through a musical narrative.