Professor of Music Theory
Office: 1074 Moore
B.Sc. (Music Education, Piano Concentration), Gettysburg College
M.Mus. (Music Theory), Univ. of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Ph.D. (Music Theory), Univ. of Michigan
Walter Everett, a member of the School of Music faculty since 1989, is the author of The Foundations of Rock (Oxford University Press, 2008), a project underwritten by a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by grants from the Society for Music Theory and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This text is supported by a website including more than 400 audio and visual resources created by Mr. Everett. His book, The Beatles as Musicians, is available in two volumes: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul and Revolver through the Anthology. This book has been translated into Spanish, as Los Beatles como músicos, published by Eterna Cadencia in Buenos Aires. He is also editor of the book, Expression in Pop-Rock Music. Mr. Everett’s essays on text-music relations in song and opera, rock music, and Schenkerian theory have appeared in Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of Music Theory, Music Analysis, The Musical Quarterly, Music Theory Online, Popular Music, Contemporary Music Review, the Mozart-Jahrbuch, College Music Symposium, Theory and Practice, In Theory Only, Beatlestudies, Beiträge zur Popularmusikforschung, Genre, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Soundscapes, and in nine books edited by others. He is also a contributor to The Grove Dictionary of American Music and provided approximately fifty popular-music examples for Miguel Roig-Francoli's textbook, Harmony in Context. Mr. Everett is the recipient of many awards, including the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities.
Mr. Everett has addressed numerous audiences, including appearances as keynote speaker for the Society for Music Theory, the Florida State University Music Theory Forum, a joint meeting of the Texas Music Theory Society and the South-Central Society for Music Theory, the Great Lakes Chapter of the College Music Society, and the Beatles 2000 conference in Jyvaskyla, Finland. He has also given papers at three meetings of the British Music Analysis Conference (in Cardiff, London, and Southampton), the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the 1991 Mozart-Kongress (Salzburg), and in numerous presentations to the Society for Music Theory, the Music Theory Society of New York State, Music Theory Midwest, and as an invited speaker at more than twenty universities. Mr. Everett conducted archival work with composers’ manuscripts in New York and Bonn. He has served as Chair of the Society for Music Theory Publications Committee, on the editorial boards of Music Theory Spectrum and Theory and Practice, as a prepublication reviewer for several book publishers, as chair of the Madison program committee for SMT, as a consultant to the College Board and reader for the Graduate Record Examinations in Music Theory, as Fellow of the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory (Chromaticism, 2006), as co-chair and faculty member of the Mannes Institute for Jazz-Rock Studies (2008), and as faculty member of the summer post-graduate seminar, “Methods of Popular Music Analysis” at the University of Osnabrück (2011).
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