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Gunther, John G Associate Professor


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  • As a jazz saxophonist and composer Dr. Gunther's expertise lies in mastering and communicating the range of jazz styles that have developed over the last century. As the art of improvisation is central to the study of jazz, Dr. Gunther is interested in developing the pedagogy of improvisation through a deeper understanding of the creative process and expanding that study to other styles of music and disciplines beyond music. Additionally, his research explores the integration of technology and multi-media with live performance allowing for collaboration between a wide array of disciplines. This research includes the formation of the Boulder Laptop Orchestra in 2007. Dr. Gunther is currently involved in an initiative to explore the enhancement of the pedagogy of STEM through music and the arts.


  • Jazz performance, jazz improvisation, saxophone performance, jazz composition, computer music, multi-media composition and performance, creative process for composers and performers, jazz pedagogy, saxophone pedagogy, Pedagogy of STEM through Music and the Arts


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