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Rusty Jones

Associate Professor - Music Music - JCA

Location

JH 109

rejones@butler.edu
317-940-6552

Dr. Jones is serving as the Faculty Director of Engaged Learning (Jordan Hall 109) through 2021. He returns to the music faculty full time in the 2022-23 academic 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. 

Recent presentations include the summer 2021 Music Theory of the Mid Atlantic conference, and he has presented at the Society for Music Theory national conference as well. He has publications in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Honors in Practice, Indiana Theory Review, Soundboard, and Guitar Review. He has also authored five articles for the new edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music and published and presented extensively on teaching & learning. 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 society Phi Beta Kappa, having previously served as the chapter President.

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 has also performed with the Indiana Wind Symphony at the Carmel Palladium as a banjo player. Outside of the world of music, Dr. Jones enjoys pickleball, Pacers basketball, and spending time with his family and two dogs.