Associate Professor of Music
Willey received his MA degree in computer music and PhD in music (theoretical studies)
from the University of California, San Diego. After assisting a music
technology exchange program for five years between U.C.S.D, Stanford
University, and a studio in Buenos Aires funded by the Rockefeller Foundation
he spent two years in Brazil as a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor of
computer music composition and performance, chamber music, improvisation,
arranging, and distance education course design. After returning to the U.S.
Willey taught popular music theory, computer literacy, and rock band at the
State University of New York - Oneonta for three years, and then spent ten
years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he taught music
theory, technology, synthesis, recording, live sound, music appreciation, music
industry, and jazz combo, while engaged in the unique musical culture of South
Louisiana. He has published method books on Louisiana Creole fiddle and
Brazilian piano, and is currently writing a music technology textbook and
arranging the player piano Studies of Conlon Nancarrow. Other interests include
keyboard performance, composition, music visualization, hearing conservation,
and time management. In 2013 Willey became director of Music Media Production
and Industry at Ball State, where he is teaching music business, songwriting,
and senior projects.
For more information, see Robert Willey's personal website.