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Gunther, John G Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • 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.

keywords

  • 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

Teaching

courses taught

  • EMUS 1427 - Jazz Ensemble
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Students perform in a principal format for jazz expression. The large ensemble setting affords the opportunity to expand knowledge of jazz styles and repertoire as well as refine reading skills and improve spontaneous interaction with other musicians. Placed through auditions held at the beginning of search semester. Same as EMUS 3427 and EMUS 5427.
  • EMUS 1437 - Jazz Combo
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Allows students the opportunity to perform in the principal format for jazz expression. The small group setting affords performers the opportunity to refine improvisation skills, improve spontaneous interaction with musicians and expand knowledge of jazz styles and repertoire. Placed through auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Same as EMUS 3427 and EMUS 5437.
  • EMUS 1457 - Electronic Music Ensemble
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Explores performance, composition and the history of electronic music, including 20th century art music on through to electronic music in contemporary popular culture. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours. Same as EMUS 3457 and EMUS 5457.
  • EMUS 3427 - Jazz Ensemble
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Students perform in a principal format for jazz expression. The large ensemble setting affords the opportunity to expand knowledge of jazz styles and repertoire as well as refine reading skills and improve spontaneous interaction with other musicians. Placed through auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Recommended prerequisite: EMUS 1427 or previous experience in large jazz ensembles. Same as EMUS 1427 and EMUS 5427.
  • EMUS 3437 - Jazz Combo
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Allows students the opportunity to perform in the principal format for jazz expression. The small group setting affords performers the opportunity to refine improvisation skills, improve spontaneous interaction with musicians and expand knowledge of jazz styles and repertoire. Placed through auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Recommended prerequisite: EMUS 1437 or previous performance experience in small jazz combos. Same as EMUS 1437 and EMUS 5437.
  • EMUS 3457 - Electronic Music Ensemble
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Explores performance, composition and the history of electronic music, including 20th century art music on through to electronic music in contemporary popular culture. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours. Same as EMUS 1457 and EMUS 5457.
  • EMUS 5427 - Jazz Ensemble
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Students perform in a principal format for jazz expression. The large ensemble setting affords the opportunity to expand knowledge of jazz styles and repertoire as well as refine reading skills and improve spontaneous interaction with other musicians. Placed through auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Recommended prerequisite: EMUS 3427 or previous experience in large jazz ensembles. Same as EMUS 1427 and EMUS 3427.
  • EMUS 5437 - Jazz Combo
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Allows students the opportunity to perform in the principal format for jazz expression. The small group setting affords performers the opportunity to refine improvisation skills, improve spontaneous interaction with musicians and expand knowledge of jazz styles and repertoire. Placed through auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Recommended prerequisite: EMUS 3437 or previous performance experience in small jazz combos. Same as EMUS 1437 and EMUS 3437.
  • EMUS 5457 - Electronic Music Ensemble
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Explores performance, composition and the history of electronic music, including 20th century art music on through to electronic music in contemporary popular culture. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours. Same as EMUS 1457 and EMUS 3457.
  • MUEL 3642 - History of Jazz
    Secondary Instructor - 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.
  • MUSC 3253 - Jazz Techniques for the Music Educator
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Prepares the music educator for successful experiences teaching jazz at the secondary level. Students gain insights into performance and rehearsal techniques for the instrumental jazz ensemble. Explores approaches for teaching jazz theory, improvisation, and selecting literature for young students. Own instrument required for certain classes. Recommended prerequisites: MUSC 1111 and MUSC 2103. Offered spring only.
  • MUSC 5091 - Contemporary Theory - Jazz and Modal Music
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Studies the composition and improvisation of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea and their contemporaries. Broadly examines modality in jazz and its similarities to music of Ravel and Debussy, as well as systems of organization in Messiaen and others. Strategies for analysis and integration of the material into a personal vocabulary as a composer and improviser are explored. Offered spring of even-numbered years.
  • PMUS 1876 - Jazz Saxophone
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
  • PMUS 2876 - Jazz Saxophone
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
  • PMUS 3876 - Jazz Saxophone
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
  • PMUS 4876 - Jazz Saxophone
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
  • PMUS 5876 - Jazz Saxophone
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
  • PMUS 6876 - Jazz Saxophone
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019

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