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Lawrence Wayte joined the UO faculty as adjunct instructor in 2008, teaching a variety of courses including Blues History, American Pop Music, and Innovative Jazz Musicians. He received a Master of Arts in Composition from San Francisco State University and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California at Los Angeles.
He previously taught for the San Francisco Community Music Center, San Francisco State University, University of California-Los Angeles, Art Institute of California-Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, and currently as music specialist at Oak Hill School in Eugene.
Wayte has several 2008 forthcoming publication entries on "Jazz-Rock", "Soul-Jazz", "Free Jazz", and "Smooth Jazz" in Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. Chapter 3 "Speaking Through the Trumpet: Exploring the Myth of Louis Armstrong," in Playing Changes: New Jazz Studies will also be published in 2008. A review of Reading Pop was published in Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association. He served as a panelist for the International Associate for the Study of Popular Music, US Chapter, National Conference in Los Angeles and as panelist for the Experience Music Project Pop Music Conference in Seattle.