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Andrew Powell

Andrew Powell


Music Theory


Andrew Powell

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PhD, University of Kansas, Music Theory

MM, Duquesne University, Music Theory

BA, Alderson-Broaddus College, Musical Arts

About Me

Andrew S. Powell joined the faculty of the Auburn University Department of Music as a lecturer in music theory in 2022. Originally from West Virginia, he completed his PhD in music theory at the University of Kansas in 2018 and served as a graduate teaching assistant. Andrew earned his master's degree at Duquesne University, where he also served as the personnel director and librarian of the wind symphony and assistant director of the pep band. While completing his bachelor's degree at Alderson-Broaddus College (now Alderson Broaddus University), he served as the student director of the brass choir. Prior to his appointment at Auburn, Andrew provided instruction at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Alderson Broaddus University.

As a scholar, Andrew’s primary research interests focus on the relationship between music and narrative in multimedia, observed through the lens of transformational processes. Additional areas of interest include the interactive drama, reconsideration of terminology in film and video game music analysis, rhythmic and metric perception, and new analytical methodologies for both classical and contemporary literature. His work has been presented regionally, nationally, and internationally through such organizations and conferences as the College Music Society, the Society for Music Theory, the North American Conference on Video Game Music, Music and the Moving Image, the Ludomusicology Society of Australia, and Scoring Peak TV. Covering such subjects as musico-historical conflicts of religion in Final Fantasy X and the nature of diegetic spaces in animation and video games through Epic Mickey. His writings have appeared in the Journal of Sound and Music and Games, as well as A Critical Companion to Tim Burton (2017), The Music of Nobuo Uematsu in the Final Fantasy Series (2022), and several forthcoming chapters and essays.

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