Gene Willet headshot

Associate Professor of Music Theory
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Gene Willet

Gene Willet headshotAssociate Professor of Music Theory

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
M.M., Baylor University
B.S., The College of Idaho


Dr. Gene Willet received a doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Before joining Baldwin Wallace University he taught music theory and ear-training at The University of Texas, Baylor University, Trinity University and The University of the Incarnate Word. Willet's research and teaching interests include film music, post-tonal theory, the music of Gustav Mahler, computer-aided instruction and computer programming, Lacanian psychoanalysis and popular culture, and the science of sound.

Willet’s article, "A Musical Tour of the Bizarre: Popular Music and Fantasy in David Lynch,” was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. The article appears in "Popular Music and the New Auteur: Visionary Filmmakers After MTV," edited by Arved Ashby. Willet is also the creator of an online assessment and tutorial package called Pre-College Music Theory which links together VoiceThread lectures and over forty levels of Adobe Captivate assessments. Pre-College Music Theory is used to assess all incoming conservatory students’ readiness for college-level music theory and prepare them for their first semester at BW. Willet has received numerous grants to support his film research and the development of Pre-College Music Theory and has presented at conferences across the country.