Lecturer of Theory/Composition
University of Tennessee
School of Music
241 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
1741 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-2600
Robert Sivy is Lecturer of Music Theory at the University of Tennessee where he teaches undergraduate music theory courses including Fundamentals of Music, Music Theory I–III, Counterpoint, and Popular Music Styles and Analysis. Robert’s research interests include analysis of twentieth-century music and progressive rock. He has presented papers at regional and international conferences, including College Music Society, Society of Music Theory, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and International Conference of the Progect Network for the Study of Progressive Rock. His paper “Interwoven Patterns and Mutual Misunderstandings: Binding R.D. Laing’s Psychology with Gentle Giant’s Knots” is published in Prog Rock in Europe. Robert’s current research projects include analyzing the music of 70s prog rock band Gryphon, uncovering serial techniques in the late music of Dmitri Shostakovich, and establishing music semiotics as a viable tool for the analysis of music of all styles and genres.
- PhD Music Theory – University of Kentucky (2019)
- MM Music Theory – University of Tennessee (2011)
- BS Music Education – Geneva College (2003)
- BA Violin Performance – Geneva College (2003)