Alyssa Barna is a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the Eastman School of Music. She completed a MM in music theory at Indiana University (2014) and a BM in music theory and a BM in music education and clarinet performance from Ithaca College (2012), where she was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Her current research interests include the study of American popular music, specifically examining how contrast is defined and categorized in the analysis of form. Additionally, she is interested in the music of 20th and 21st century composers, and post-tonal analytical techniques. She has presented her research for the Society of Music Theory annual conference, and the conferences of Music Theory Society of New York State, Music Theory Midwest, and Music Theory Southeast, where she was the winner of the Irna Priore Prize for Best Student Paper. Internationally, she has presented work on popular music at the European Music Analysis Conference 9 (EuroMAC) in Strasbourg, France. At Eastman, Alyssa serves on the editorial staff of Intégral. Committed to pedagogy, she has enjoyed teaching a variety of written and aural skills courses covering fundamentals through post-tonal analysis. Alyssa has previously served as a Visiting Instructor of Music Theory at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where she taught aural skills and written theory. In August Alyssa will join the the faculty of the University of Minnesota as Assistant Professor of Music Theory in the School of Music.