Robert T. Kelley
Associate Professor of Music
Piano, Piano Ensemble, Music Theory, Composition, World Music
ROBERT KELLEY, Associate Professor of Music, teaches all upper-level music theory courses, piano, and world music, and coaches the Lander Piano Ensemble with Anthony Lenti.
Dr. Kelley earned his B.M. degree in piano performance and music theory with honors from Furman University, M.M. in piano performance and music composition from James Madison University, and Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University, where he worked with dissertation advisor Michael Buchler.
At Florida State University, Dr. Kelley worked extensively as a harpsichordist for the FSU Baroque Ensemble, soloists and chamber groups, and staged productions of John Eccles's operas Semele and The Judgment of Paris and oratorio Hymn to Harmony. He has also served as rehearsal accompanist and harpsichordist or pianist in productions of George Frideric Handel's Messiah at Furman University, Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat at James Madison University, and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Elijah.
While his main research interest is the study of late-nineteenth-century chromatic harmony and early-twentieth-century extended tonality, Dr. Kelley's other interests include music theory pedagogy, early and baroque music, American shape-note hymnody, and music informatics. He has given presentations in all of these areas of research at regional, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Kelley's professional affiliations include the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, Music Teachers National Association, the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Southeast, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Late-Nineteenth-Century Chromatic Harmony, Early-Twentieth-Century Extended Tonality, American Shape-Note Hymnody, Music Theory Pedagogy, Early and Baroque Music, Schenkerian Analysis, Transformation Theory, and Computer Applications for Music Analysis and Instruction.
Music Theory, Music Analysis, Piano, World Music