Alyssa Barna recently completed a Ph.D from the Eastman School of Music, with a dissertation entitled “Exploring Contrast in Popular and Rock Music.” She completed a MM in music theory at Indiana University (2014) and a BM in music theory and a BM in music education and clarinet performance from Ithaca College (2012), where she was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Her current research interests within the study of American popular music include the exploration of form in Top-40 music, as well as the use of classical topics in rock. Additionally, she is interested in the music of 20th and 21st century composers, and post-tonal analytical techniques. She has presented her research for the Society of Music Theory annual conference, and the conferences of Music Theory Society of New York State, Music Theory Midwest, and Music Theory Southeast, where she was the winner of the Irna Priore Prize for Best Student Paper. Internationally, she has presented work on popular music at the European Music Analysis Conference 9 (EuroMAC) in Strasbourg, France. Committed to pedagogy, she has enjoyed teaching a variety of written and aural skills courses covering fundamentals through post-tonal analysis. Alyssa has previously served as a Visiting Instructor of Music Theory at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where she taught aural skills and written theory. Alyssa serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.