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John Covach

Director, Institute for Popular Music; Director, Institute for Performing Arts; Professor of Music, Department of Music; Professor of Theory, Eastman School of Music
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Music

Areas of expertise: History of Rock and Roll, Analysis of Popular Music, The Beatles, Music Theory

Press contact:
Valerie Alhart

Related Links:
What's That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History

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December 17, 2012

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February 13, 2012

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June 25, 2009

John Covach is a leading music historian and author of the textbook history of rock music, What's That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History (Third nEdition, WW.Norton & Co., 2012).

He received his Bachelor of Music (1983), Master of Music (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) in music theory from the University of Michigan. He was also a Fulbright student in Vienna, Austria in 1987-88. The recipient of several teaching awards and citations, Professor Covach teaches theory and analysis as well as courses in popular music. Since 1993, he has taught large-lecture courses on rock at University of North Texas, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and University of Rochester and has lectured across North America and Europe. He is co-editor of Understanding Rock (Oxford 1997), American Rock and the Classical Music Tradition (Harwood 2000), and Institutions, Traditions, and American Popular Music (Harwood 2000). His extensive writings on twentieth-century music, popular music, and the philosophy of music have appeared in numerous books and journals. Professor Covach also maintains an active career as a performing and recording musician.

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