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 100: Topic: Popular Music

    The general subtitles offered under the heading Understanding Music will share a common aim of developing perceptive listening and basic analytical skills through exposure to a specific body of music literature, delineated either by style (e.g., jazz or rock) or topic (e.g., The Romantic Spirit, Film Music or a survey of Musical Styles). Each course will begin with an introduction to the musical elements, branching out to consider how these elements function with the specific musical repertory. It will be equally important to consider the role the music, in turn, plays within the ideological, cultural, and political contexts of its time. Attendance at musical performances will be required.

  • MUSC 123: Music of the 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: Instrum Orgs: 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.

  • MUSC 231: 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.