Ayesu Lartey, MFA

Ayesu Lartey


  • Music Theory and Ear Training
  • Music Composition, Orchestration, and Arranging
  • Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, African Percussion
  • Classical and Contemporary Voice Performance
  • Playwriting, Lyric Writing, and Musical Theater Composition
Ayesu is the Assistant Professor of Music in Music Theory and Contemporary Commercial Music here at the University of Wisconsin Parkside. He wrote and composed “Lulu and the Long Walk,” which won “Best New Musical for Young Audiences”. He was nominated for “Best Music Director” for the same production. Ayesu composed and wrote lyrics for “What’s Left” commissioned by New York Film Academy. He was a Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist in 2021. Ayesu is a UW-Parkside alumni and earned his MFA in Musical Theater Writing at NYU TISCH School of the Arts.

Teaching Interests

Music Performance
Music Theory
Play Writing
Musical Theater Writing

Research Interests

Music Theory
Play Writing
Musical Theater Writing
Digital Orchestration

Consulting Interests

Music Critique
MUSI 120 - Music Theory I
MUSI 121 - Music Theory II
MUSI 221 - Music Theory III
MUSI 321 - Music Theory IV
MUSI 490 - Special Topics in Music:
MUSI 499 - Independent Study:
MUSP 135 - Aural Music Theory I
MUSP 136 - Aural Music Theory II
MUSP 236 - Aural Music Theory III
MUSP 336 - Aural Music Theory IV
MUSP 369 - Contemp Commercial Musc Ensmbl
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