Thinker

I've always been one of those musicians who Thinks About It a lot, but I went all in when I got my Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Kentucky. My dissertation was "Meter, Phrase, and Form in the Compositions of Maria Schneider." It's pretty typical to turn dissertation chapters into journal articles, and that's the origin of "Maria Schneider's Forms: Norms and Deviations in a Contemporary Jazz Corpus," which the Journal of Music Theory awarded the David Krahenbuehl Prize for the best article written by an untenured scholar in 2018-2019.

I also wrote "A Theory of Jazz Performance Practice" as part of the A-R Editions Online Music Anthology, introducing a somewhat novel way of thinking about how jazz musicians improvise within the structure of a tune. I've delivered numerous conference papers on topics like microrhythm, jazz harmony, and methodological issues. And I've been invited to share my research in virtual talks at the University of North Texas Division of Jazz Studies and Wheaton College.

I do a lot of thinking out loud on Twitter - mostly about music, music theory, jazz, writing, and pedagogy - and I interact with a vibrant community of thoughtful musicians on there. Feel free to follow if you're interested in that niche.

Maria Schneider's Forms: Norms and Deviations in a Contemporary Jazz Corpus (Journal of Music Theory)

A Theory of Jazz Performance Practice (A-R Editions Online Music Anthology)

Meter, Phrase, and Form in the Compositions of Maria Schneider (Dissertation)