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Sean Atkinson

Associate Professor of Music Theory
Jarvis 312 | 817-257-5417


Ph.D, Music Theory - Florida State University
MM, Music Theory - Florida State University
BM, Trombone Performance and Music Theory - Furman University

Courses Taught

Elementary Theory
Advanced Theory
Elementary Ear Training
Advanced Ear Training
Music and Meaning (Graduate Music Theory Seminar)
The Music of Billy Joel (Graduate Music Theory Seminar)
Music Analysis: 1880-1950
Society Through Multimedia (Honors College Colloquium Course)
Form and Analysis

Areas of Focus

Multimedia Analysis, including opera, video, film, video games, etc.; Post-tonal Analysis, with a focus on minimalist music; Music Theory Pedagogy, with a focus on Flipped-Classroom teaching

“Billy Joel and the Cinematic American West.” Texas Society for Music Theory, February 2020.

“Tonality in Steve Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas.” Music Theory and Analysis, Volume 6, Number 2, Fall 2019.

“Soaring Through the Sky: Topics and Tropes in Video Game Music.” Music Theory Online, 25.2.

“The Musical Narrative of JRPGs: ‘Melodies of Life’ in Final Fantasy IX.” First Person Scholar, January 2019.

“Deceptive Love and Denied Endings: Tropes in the Music of Billy Joel.” Popular Music, Volume 37, Number 3, 2018.

“Tropes and Narrative Foreshadowing in Final Fantasy IV.” Music and the Moving Image XIII, May 2018, New York City, New York.

“Flipped Classroom Strategies for Music Theory Instruction.” Special Pedagogy Presentation at the Texas Society for Music Theory, February 2016.

Full CV

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Society for Music Theory

Texas Society for Music Theory

Semiotic Society of America

Pi Kappa Lambda