Robert Willey is an Associate Professor and Director of Music Media Production and Industry in the School of Music at Ball State University, where he teaches songwriting, a survey of the music industry, and supervises senior projects and internships.
Willey moved to BSU after ten years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was engaged in the region's unique musical culture and received the Ray Authement Excellence in Teaching award. He has written books on Brazilian Piano and Creole Fiddle, and most recently Getting Started With Music Production.
Current interests include the teaching of communication skills and character strengths, arranging Conlon Nancarrow's player piano studies for Disklavier and synthesizers, keyboard improvisation, and time management. He produces music in a variety of styles, including bossa nova, jazz, folk, electronic, and experimental music.