Michael Dixon

  • Music History Instructor

Michael Dixon currently serves as adjunct instructor for MHIS 491 “Special Topics: American Popular Music”, which is offered online. He also teaches music courses at the University of Richmond and Richard Bland College. Previously, Dixon served as Assistant Director for the Center of Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of Richmond, and spent 21 years at East Carolina University, serving in numerous roles such as instructor of music, instructional designer and coordinator of distance education and technology for the College of Fine Arts and Communication. He has designed and taught online courses since 2004 and in the classroom since 1995.


Michael has composed music since age 13, composing and recording well over 650 works. Only recently, as an independent BMI recording artist “Michael Barrett Dixon” has he begun to release his music, producing 4 albums starting in 2016 covering numerous genres including adult contemporary, synth pop, rock, alternative, new wave, soundtrack and new age. Dixon has also been commissioned to write music for modern dance choreographers Patti Weeks, Richard Southerland and Patricia Clark, and has written scores to accompany new art exhibitions.


Dixon studied music composition with Dr. Mark Taggart (traditional) and Dr. Otto Henry (electronic) while completing his Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Theory/Composition, with music business emphasis at East Carolina University. In 2011, Michael earned a Master of Science in Instructional Technology at ECU as well. 


In his spare time, Michael spends time with his family and resides in Midlothian, VA. Outside of music, he works for the Virginia Department of Elections as their eLearning Specialist and Instructional Designer.