Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Dr. Jeffrey Gillespie, Professor, Music Theory

Jeff Gillespie

Dr. Gillespie holds a Ph.D. in music theory from Indiana University, a M.A. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, and a B.M. in piano performance from Birmingham-Southern College. He was promoted to the rank of Professor of Music Theory in 2013. Prior to coming to Butler in 1996, he was Assistant Professor at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He has also taught at Indiana University as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory.

Dr. Gillespie's research interests include the pedagogy of music theory and aural skills, disability studies in music, and contemporary music analysis. He has published articles in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy,Music Theory Online,Intégral,Indiana Theory Review, and Indiana Musicator. One of his articles was selected to be reprinted in Spotlight on General Music: Teaching Toward the Standards, a national publication of MENC, in 2007. His fourth article to be published in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, entitled "Serving Musicians With Visual Impairment in the College Classroom: Building Bridges Toward Understanding," appears in Volume 27 (2013) and is the culmination of a five year project. Dr. Gillespie has presented numerous times at national and regional conferences of the Society for Music Theory and the College Music Society. He also served for several years as Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Disability Issues for the Society for Music Theory, and during his tenure as chair played a key role in developing policy for accessibility at the Society's national conferences.

At Butler, Dr. Gillespie serves as Coordinator of the music theory area and designs the curriculum for the aural skills program. He currently chairs the JCA Advising and Retention Committee and also serves on the JCA Honors Board and the JCA Professional Standards Committee. He also serves on the newly-created Student Disability Services Faculty Liaison Group because of his special interest in serving the needs of students with disabilities at Butler University.

Dr. Gillespie has been an active performer in the church for more than 35 years, with extensive experience as organist, pianist, choral and handbell director, and contemporary worship leader. He currently serves as Director of Music at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, where he oversees music for the traditional and contemporary services.

Dr. Gillespie is active with his family and children, particularly with Special Olympics. He enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling with his family. His favorite place to vacation is the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

 

(317) 940-6416
jgillesp@butler.edu