Alan Elkins is a native of Chattanooga, TN. His research interests include early twentieth-century American popular genres (such as ragtime and early Broadway), form and phrase structure in Western classical music, and video game music from the 1980s and 1990s. He has previously presented papers at the annual meetings of the Society of Music Theory, the American Musicological Society, Music Theory Southeast, the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, Galant Schemata in Theory & Practice, Music and the Moving Image, and the North American Conference on Video Game Music. His book chapter “Penultimate Fantasies: Compositional Precedents in Uematsu’s Early Works” was recently published in The Music of Nobuo Uematsu in the Final Fantasy Series by Intellect Books.


  • Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance, Florida State University
  • Master of Music in Composition, Bowling Green State University
  • Master of Music in Music Theory, Florida State University
  • PhD in Music Theory, Florida State University