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Robin Attas

Assistant Professor of Music
Center for the Arts 239
2800 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
rattas@elon.edu (336) 278-7335

Professional Expertise

Music Theory

Brief Biography

Robin Attas (Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2011) joined the Department of Music as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2013. Trained primarily as a music theorist, she teaches courses in the Materials of Music and Aural Skills sequences, as well as COR 110: The Global Experience.

Her main repertoire focus is popular music, with research encompassing a variety of perspectives, including rhythm and meter, form, text-music connections, and the analysis of popular music of other cultures, especially those of Central America and the Caribbean. Current research projects include investigating the relationship between typical rhythmic/metric patterns in popular music and moves on the dance floor; the development of meter in popular music introductions based on groove buildups; and the interaction of lyrics and music in the work of singer-songwriter John K. Samson and his band The Weakerthans.

As a teacher, she is interested in pursuing ways to adapt the standard music theory curriculum to include more writing and student engagement activities, and in exploring the use of new technologies both in and out of the classroom. She is also working to expand the traditional repertoire limits of music theory to include the analysis of popular and world music alongside common-practice art music.

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