Professor, Musicology

Ph.D. & A.M., Duke University; B.M. University of Richmond.

Jonathan Gibson specializes in music of the Baroque era, primarily the music of late seventeenth-century France.  His research interests include musical aesthetics, performance practice, and the relationships between music and rhetoric.  His most recent publications appear in the Journal of Musicology (“‘A Kind of Eloquence Even in Music’: Embracing Different Rhetorics in Late Seventeenth-Century France”) and in the book Fiori musicali: Liber amicorum Alexander Silbiger (“Hearing the Viola da Gamba in Komm, süsses Kreuz”).  Dr. Gibson is a frequent presenter at major national and international conferences. 

At James Madison University, Dr. Gibson teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music history and performance practice.  In addition, he contributes to and reviews numerous music history and music appreciation textbooks, and serves on the editorial advisory board for the standard music history textbook A History of Western Music (Norton, 2010).  Dr. Gibson founded and directs the two early music ensembles based at JMU: the Peartree Consort, a mixed Renaissance instrumental consort, and the 40-member choral/instrumental Valley Collegium Musicum, which incorporates the JMU student early music ensemble Collegium Musicum.  He plays the viola da gamba, as well as Renaissance and Baroque recorders.

Musicology and Ethnomusicology Professors and Instructors

Pedro Aponte

Pedro Aponte
Associate Professor, Musicology Area Coordinator
apontepr@jmu.edu
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Mary Jean Speare

Mary Jean Speare
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and Admissions, Associate Director of the School of Music
spearemj@jmu.edu
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