Tanner Cassidy is a Ph.D. student in music theory. His research interests include twentieth-century Japanese music, topic theory, film music, music and politics, jazz, and neo-Riemannian theory. His dissertation focuses on the ways that postwar Japanese composers incorporated musical topics into film scores, and how these composers contributed to the construction of narrative allegory as a response to postwar political and cultural changes. He has presented at the Music and the Moving Image conference and Music Theory Midwest.
Tanner teaches music theory classes in the Music Department, and also coaches jazz ensembles and conducts the UCSB Pops Orchestra. Off campus, Tanner is on the board of Opera Santa Barbara, and is also an employee of the Music Academy of the West.