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Rusty Jones

Associate Professor - Music Music - JCA


JH 109

Dr. Jones is serving as the Faculty Director of Engaged Learning (Jordan Hall 109) through 2021. He offers a music theory course at least once a year.

Dr. Jones is both a music scholar and an active performer. He holds a Ph. D. in music theory from Indiana University (2004) and a M.M. in music theory from the University of Texas at Austin (1996). He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Music Theory in 2012, four years after beginning as an Assistant Professor at Butler in Fall 2008. He previously was employed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In October 2009, he presented his research at the Society for Music Theory national conference in Montreal. He has publications in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Indiana Theory Review and Guitar Review and has recently written five articles for the forthcoming new edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music. His music-theoretical interests include instrument-specific analyses, the rhetoric of sonata form, and music of the Elizabethan era. Dr. Jones is devoted to pedagogy and attended the 2007 Wakonse conference on college teaching in Stony Lake, Michigan. He is proud to be a member of the honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda. He served as the PKL chapter president from 2011-13 and was the faculty adviser (and honorary member) for Butler's chapter of Tau Beta Sigma from 2010-13.

Dr. Jones holds a M.M. in guitar from the University of Akron (1998). He has an extensive background in jazz and rock music and spent a year studying and performing at the Musicians' Institute in Hollywood, California. His new passion is bluegrass banjo, and he is working hard at learning the instrument and its music. One of his more unusual musical engagements was as a banjo player for the Ohio Ballet, where he helped to accompany the troupe to shows at the Joyce Theater in New York City in 1998 and in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio in 1999. He recently performed with the Indiana Wind Symphony at the Carmel Palladium as a banjo player. Outside of the world of music, Dr. Jones enjoys running, Bulldogs and Pacers basketball, competitive tennis, and spending time with his two dogs. Dr. Jones is a volunteer with both the Humane Society of Indianapolis, and has previously served as a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Indiana.