Stephen Valdez, Associate Professor, received his D.M.A. in music history from the University of Oregon (1992) and his M.M in music history (1984) and B.M.Ed. (1977) from New Mexico State University. He joined the University of Georgia in 1997 after having taught courses in music history at the University of Oregon. Valdez teaches the history of rock music, the history of jazz, music of the late Renaissance and Baroque periods, and survey courses in music history. His research interests include the evolution of lead guitar solos in rock, the music of the Beatles, and performance practice in rock. He is the author of A History of Rock Music, 5th edition (2010).