Music Department Chair
Shaugn O’Donnell is a guitarist and theorist specializing in twentieth-century music. His research interests include post-tonal analysis, transformation theory, and popular music, particularly rock improvisation. He is currently Chair of the Music Department at City College and also a member of the doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Ph.D., Music Theory (1997) Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.A., Music Theory (1991) Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York
B.A., Music, Secondary Education (1989) Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York
- Tonal Harmony
- Fretboard Skills
- Rock Analysis
- Post-Tonal Theory
“‘Mind Your Throats Please’: Collage as Retransition in Pink Floyd’s ‘Atom Heart Mother Suite’.” The Rutledge Companion to Popular Music: Expanding Approaches, edited by Ciro Scotto, Kenneth Smith, and John Brackett. Routledge, 2018.
“Psychedelic Masquerade: Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love.” Revisiting the Summer of Love, Rethinking the Counterculture. San Francisco, CA. July 29, 2017. Also presented at the Summit of Creativity: A Celebration of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Ann Arbor, MI. June 1, 2017.
“There’s Nothing Like A Grateful Dead Analysis.” “All Graceful Instruments,” The Grateful Dead in Context – An Interdisciplinary Symposium. New York, NY. June 23, 2017.
“The Road[s] Not Taken.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 16, 2017.
“Formal Design in a ‘Playing’ Palindrome.” “So Many Roads”: The World in the Grateful Dead, San Jose State University, CA. November 6, 2014.
“[Return of] Pink Floyd’s Interstellar Journey to The Dark Side of the Moon.” Institute for Popular Music Virtual Conference, University of Rochester, NY. May 27, 2014.
“Pink Floyd and the Academy.” Pink Floyd: Sight, Sound, and Structure Interdisciplinary Conference. Princeton University. April 12, 2014.
“A Preliminary Taxonomy of Garcia’s Solos.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 21, 2014.
“Pink Floyd’s Interstellar Journey to The Dark Side of the Moon.” Institute for Popular Music Lecture Series, University of Rochester, NY. September 18, 2013.
“Harmonic Relations in a 1973 Palindrome.” Southwest/Texas Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 9, 2012.
“The Big Bang and the Formation of ‘Space’.” Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. April 21, 2011.
“American Chaos: Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead.” In The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation, edited by Jim Tuedio and Stan Spector, 58–70. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2010.