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Elizabeth F. Barkley, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Barkley, Ph.D.

Music History, Honors Instructor

Fine Arts and Communication Division

(650) 949-7267



Foothill campus
Office: Online
Office Hours:
I work primarily online, so please email me and I will respond within 24 hours.

Course information:

Music 2A, B, and C: Great Composers and Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization;
Music 2D: World Music: Roots to Contemporary Global Fusions; and
Music 8: Musics of Multicultural America.

Most courses are taught online as well as on campus, and all transfer to other institutions through the Inter-Segmental Transfer Agreement (IGETC). All courses meet the General Education Area I Humanities requirement, and Music 8 (Musics of Multicultural America) also meets the General Education Area VI United States Culture and Communities requirement.

I teach all of my courses with a fabulous team that includes Dr. Robert Hartwell and Professor Milissa Carey. The three of us work hard to ensure students have a rewarding and enjoyable educational experience.


Elizabeth F. Barkley, Ph.D. is Professor of Music History. With four decades as an innovative and reflective teacher, she has received numerous honors and awards, including being named California's Higher Education Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, formally recognized by the California state legislature for her contributions to undergraduate education, selected as "Innovator of the Year" in conjunction with the National League for Innovation, presented with the Hayward Award for Educational Excellence, and honored by the Center for Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Additionally, her Musics of Multicultural America course was selected as “Best Online Course” by the California Virtual Campus. She was also named one of two Carnegie Scholars in the discipline of music by the Carnegie Foundation in conjunction with the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Barkley holds a B.A. and M.A. from University of California, Riverside and a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. Her books include Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with Claire H. Major, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2016), Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with Claire H. Major and K. Patricia Cross, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, Second Edition, 2014), Student Engagement Techniques (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2010), Crossroads: The Roots of America's Popular Music (Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, 2007), and three interactive digital textbooks for Kendall Hunt in conjunction with Great River Learning: Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures (2013), World Music: Roots to Contemporary Global Fusions (2012), and co-author with Robert Hartwell of Great Composers and Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (Kendall Hunt, 2015). Her most recent book, Interactive Lecturing, will be released by Wiley/Jossey-Bass early 2018.

Personal Quote:

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." (Victor Hugo)

Last update: 2017-10-19
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