School of Music
Office Address: Coulter 464
Ph.D., Music Theory, Indiana University, 2001
M.M., Piano Performance, Ithaca College, 1986
B.A., Music, University of Central Florida, 1984
Lyn Ellen Burkett joined the faculty of the School of Music in Fall 2014 to teach courses in the Liberal Studies Program and music theory. Before coming to Western, Lyn Ellen Burkett taught at UNC Asheville, SUNY Potsdam, and Indiana University. She has taught courses for music majors and non-majors on topics including analysis of rock music, women and popular music in the U.S., and rock criticism. An accomplished pianist and harpsichordist, she specializes in performing 20th- and 21st-century repertoire, especially works composed by her husband, Bryan Burkett, with whom she has enjoyed an artistic collaboration since 1985. Burkett has presented research at national and regional conferences including the Society for American Music, Society for Music Theory, and Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship. Her scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of the Society for American Music, Popular Music and Society, and Indiana Theory Review, and her analytical essay on composer Ruth Crawford Seeger's Piano Study in Mixed Accents is included in a collection of essays entitled Ruth Crawford Seeger's Worlds. She spends much of her leisure time at her spinning wheel creating colorful yarn, and she also enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog Cookie.