Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

David Helvering teaches music theory at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2003. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arkansas State University, a Master of Music degree in theory and composition from Sam Houston State University, and a Ph.D. in music theory from The University of Iowa. His dissertation, Functions of Dialogue Underscoring in American Feature Film, examines techniques film composers have employed when accompanying scenes with dialogue. Mr. Helvering is currently researching the use of music in early sound film, including the development of mickey-mousing (synchronized, mirrored, or parallel scoring) as a compositional technique as well as the rise of the symphonic film score.

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