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Past Chair

Sean Atkinson

Sean AtkinsonSean Atkinson is the Director of the TCU School of Music and an Associate Professor of Music Theory, teaching a wide range of music courses including first- and second-year music theory and aural skills, form and analysis, and graduate seminars on music analysis, musical meaning, and popular music. Sean is the author of a best-selling course for The Great Courses called Music Theory: The Foundation of Great Music. The course teaches viewers the basics of Western music theory, from note and rhythm reading, all the way through harmony, harmonic progressions, and reading lead sheets. Additionally, his research, which broadly addresses issues of musical meaning in multimedia contexts, has been published in numerous journals, including Music Theory OnlineIndiana Theory ReviewThe Dutch Journal of Music TheoryMusic Theory and Analysis, and Popular Music.