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John Covach

Director, Institute for Popular Music; Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department; Professor of Theory, Eastman School of Music
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Department of Music

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

Press contact:
Valerie Alhart
valerie.alhart@rochester.edu
585.276.3256

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


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Biography
John Covach (Professor of Music, University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music) is the director of the University's Institute for Popular Music and author of the leading textbook history of rock music, What's That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History (Second Edition, WW.Norton & Co., 2009).

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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