At Duquesne University, he studied composition with David Stock and Classical Guitar with Tom Kikta and Dr. Aaron Shearer. A member of the Classical Guitar Ensemble, he earned a B.M. in Music Technology in 2003.
In 2005, Dr. Polasky began his studies at the Peabody Institute. Studying with diverse composers such as Dr. Bruno Amato, Michael Hersch, and Dr. Chris Theofanidis, he was exposed to a variety of compositional outlooks, fostering him with a deep roster of problem solving abilities and philosophies. His earned his M.M. in Composition from Peabody in 2008.
Dr. Polasky began work on his D.M.A. at the University of Maryland in 2008, studying composition with Dr. Lawrence Moss and music theory with Dr. Thomas DeLio. While at Maryland, he made significant study of the piano works of Conlon Nancarrow and Gyorgy Ligeti. His study of classical set theory heavily influenced the pitch organization of his dissertation, String Quartet.
Since receiving his D.M.A in 2012, Dr. Polasky has begun work on a modern set theory textbook for musicians. In addition to his scholarly writing, he serves as adjunct faculty at Anne Arundel Community College where he teaches Applied Guitar and Composition and is a member of the I-Y Guitar Duet.