Excerpts from Robert Willey's application
for promotion to Professor of Music

An Index volume and six binders were submitted as part of the application. Links to samples of the material and additional examples of student work are available here.


Overview Volume


Index to support volumes

Letters of support

Support Volume 1 - Teaching

Teaching Evaluations


Innovations in Teaching

Support Volume 2 - Research

Recipient, Ruth Stodghill Girard/BORSF professorship in Music II.

Recording and Preserving Creole and Cajun Culture of South Louisiana

Feufollet: En Couleur

Creole Fiddle

From La La to Zydeco: Creole and Zydeco Music from Louisiana

Brazilian Music

Brazilian Piano, co-writier of 90-page book with Alfredo Cardim, produced companion CD, published by Hal Leonard, Inc., 2010.

Analysis of the Harmonic Progressions of the Music of Antônio Carlos (“Tom” Jobim).

The Use of Video Direction as an Application of the Study of Music Theory

Conlon Nancarrow's Music, and the Synthesis of His Player Piano Studie

Music Technology

Professional Development

Support Volume 3 - Audio Production and Promotion


Composition and Production of Original Music

Index of Creative Work of Robert Willey. Links to compositions, programmable instruments, recordings, web sites, books, and papers.


Internet Promotion of Original Work

Support Volume 4 - DVD Production

Support Volumes 5 & 6 - Service

Student Work

In order to honor our agreements with the artists, the performers are not listed on this temporary YouTube channel, in order to reduce access from searching by the general public.

Index to Student Classwork


Digital Spice

Digital Spice is a DVD showcase highlighting projects from students in the Music Media division during the 2005-6 academic year. It was funded by an instructional improvement grant.

Nathan William Jr. recorded at Zydeco Festival in Plaisance, produced by Joe Payne.

Weather the Storm recorded at Festivals Acadiens et Créole, produced by Wallace Lafont

The Louisiana Creole Fiddle Method, co-written with D'Jalma Garnier, published by Mel Bay.


Live From The Blue Moon

Another instructional improvement grant allowed music media students to record a band made up of ULL students at the Dockside Studio, the premiere professional facility in our area. Chris Stafford, one of the leaders, took four Music Media classes. A promotional DVD entitled Live From The Blue Moon was made for the group combining the two songs we recorded, along with interviews and concert recordings recorded by the students at the Blue Moon Saloon and Festivals Acadienes et Créoles. Tracks from one of the songs we recorded, Les jours sont longs, were incoporated into the CD En couleurs, and finished by engineer Ivan Klisanin (who was a Music Media major, MM Theory/Comp student, and Graduate Assistant), a critically well-received album released in 2010, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Cajun and Zydeco album.

Musc Media students' DVD production of one of two songs recorded at Dockside Studio. Assited by Chris Stafford and Keith Stewart.


From La La to Zydeco


The Acadiana Arts Council, Lafayette Consolidated Government, Friends of the Humanities, Center for Culture and Eco-Tourism, the College of the Arts, the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commision, and private donors financed the DVD, From La La to Zydeco. Students helped with the recording and mixing. The disk was published by the Center for Louisiana Studies in 2005 and deposited in libraries throughout the state. Half the songs were recorded by Music Media students at ULL and videotaped by students from SLCC, as we did not have our own video cameras at that time.


Creole band at Festivals Acadiens

Cajun band playing at Downtown Alive

Additional Student work not contained on DVD disks

Leading slide guitarist performing at Grant Street.

BeauSoleil, recorded with MUS377 students at KRVS

Marc Broussard recorded at Festival International de Louisiane, produced by Chad Fouquier

French Jazz Group in Angelle Hall, produced by Benjamin Sellers

UL Lafayette Jazz Ensemble in the UL Student Center Ballroom. We regularly record the Jazz Ensemble, and make CDs to provide feedback for its members.

Bluegrass band in Angelle Hall Auditorium, produced by MUS422 class

Chorale Acadiens in Angelle Hall Auditorium

Produced by Music Media and Theory students as an example of Video Direction as an Appliation of the Study of Music Theory


A Little Shorter, by Garth Alper, performed by Faculty Jazz Group in Angelle Hall Auditorium, recorded by MUS422 students, video direction by Kris Wotipka (AOC).

"Sambinho para João" (Joe's Little Samba), by Robert Willey, performed by Jazz Combo III (directed by R. Willey), recorded by students in MUS376 in School of Music's recording studio.

UL Percussion Ensemble performing gamelan piece in Angelle Hall Auditorium, produced by Joe Payne.


Since graduating, students have gone on to produce many recordings of their own. These are difficult to stay up to date on. A sampling:

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