James Kimball

Lecturer of Music and Conductor of String Band
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James Kimball in a room full of instruments.

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A., Wesleyan University

  • B.M.E., Cornell University


  • Geneseo String Band


  • MUSC 105: F/Popular Music in America

    An examination of the significant trends and the major figures of American popular music from the eighteenth century to the present. The course will cover vocal and instrumental traditions from the British legacy of the eighteenth century, through the home, stage, and ballroom music of the nineteenth century, to the rise of Tin Pan Alley and Rock and Roll in the twentieth century. Emphasis will be placed not only on the composers, performers, and the music itself, but also on the social and cultural forces as they have related to America's popular traditions. Offered every spring

  • MUSC 123: F/M/Music of World's Peoples

    An introduction to the great diversity of music throughout the world. The course will examine the historical backgrounds, social functions, and general technical characteristics of music and musical instruments in Africa, native America, Asia, and Europe. Class members will have opportunities to participate actively in musical traditions being studied. (Attendance at representative musical performances will be required.)

  • MUSC 165: Instrumental Org:String Band

    The instrumental organizations emphasize the development of musicianship and an expanding knowledge of musical literature. Each organization meets for an average of three hours' rehearsal every week. Opportunities are provided for all groups to perform on and off campus throughout the year. Instrumental groups, offered when demand is sufficient, include Symphony, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, String Band, and Wind Ensemble. Admission is by permission of instructor following audition (audition times for any given ensemble are given in the Master Schedule of classes); special registration procedures are handled by the music department. (May be repeated for credit. A maximum of eight semester hours of MUSC 160 and MUSC 165 combined, may be applied to a degree.)

  • MUSC 233: Intro to Ethnomusicology

    An overview of the study of world music. The course will study musical traditions in light of distinctive technical characteristics; social and political roles; and local, national and international transmission and identity, both historically and as they are practiced to the present. Course requirements will call on students to engage in individual fieldwork and notate musical transcriptions. Prerequisite: MUSC 189. Offered every spring