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James Kimball

Lecturer of Music and Conductor of String Band
Brodie 126
585-245-5823
kimball@geneseo.edu
James Kimball in a room full of instruments.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • M.A., Wesleyan University

  • B.M.E., Cornell University

Affiliations

  • Geneseo String Band

Classes

  • 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 232: F/Folk Music in America

    A survey of folk music and related folklore in the United States and Canada. Explores the historical development of traditional song types and styles, instrumental folk music, and folk instruments. The main emphasis is on folk music in the Anglo-American and African-American traditions. Other population groups (e.g., French, Hispanic, German, Slavic and Asian-American) are studied for their influences on this music and for their current importance in an overall view of American folk music. (Attendance at representative musical performances will be required.) Offered fall, odd years

  • 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