Dr. Jones's research/expertise areas include: American folk and popular musics, jazz theory and performance, popular culture, pedal steel guitar. A novel component of his work is the use of pedal steel guitar in styles outside of country music, particularly in jazz.
musicology, ethnomusicology, American music, popular music, popular culture, jazz, country music, psalmody, folk music, world cultures, diversity, pedal steel, steel guitar
MUEL 1832 - Appreciation of Music
Introduces music, including the fundamental elements of music, the history of the Western tradition and its composers, the development of American popular music and aspects of World Music.
MUEL 2752 - Music in American Culture
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Explores the role of music as a powerful cultural agent from the Colonial Period to the present. Focuses on influences from normative and marginalized musicians throughout American history. A wide range of musical styles and genres are studied to demonstrate themes of appropriation, appreciation, and syncretism. Teaches students to think critically about the relationships between culture, power, and identity.
MUEL 3642 - History of Jazz
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Surveys the distinctly American art form of jazz music from its origins to the present, including the various traditions, practices, historical events and people most important to its evolution. Offered fall and spring.