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Jason Thompson

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Instructor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Biography

Jason Thompson is an assistant professor of music learning and teaching in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Additionally, he serves as an affiliate professor in the School of Social Transformation, affiliate faculty with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, the Barrett Honors College, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. At ASU, he teaches courses that explore sociocultural issues that mediate and influence teaching and learning, socially engaged practices, and the educational experience in urban contexts. His most popular course--the Gospel Choir (MUP 494/598) that he resurrected fall 2015--increased membership by 273% in its first full academic year, and currently boasts an enrollment of more than 120 singers comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, and community members. Before coming to ASU, Dr. Thompson was on faculty at Appalachian State University and taught choral and general music for 10 years in K-12 public schools in North Carolina and Virginia. 

Dr. Thompson's research explores the ways in which culture influences and mediates teaching and learning and how teachers develop the competencies needed for working in diverse environments. Additionally, he has conducted research on youth detained in the criminal justice system that focused on curriculum, culturally responsive pedagogies, and the role music plays in how detained youth experience their incarceration. Dr. Thompson's research has been published in professional journals including Music Education ResearchMusic Educators Journal, Missouri School Music, and Antiphon, and his choral octavos are available through GIA Publications.  Additionally, he has been presented at national and international conferences in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Belgium. Through a 10K grant awarded through the National Association for Music Education and the Society of Research in Music Education, Dr. Thompson [Principal Investigator] along with colleagues and doctoral students are conducting research on the community cultural wealth that 13-18 year olds in the Greater Phoenix area use to "do" music.  

Dr. Thompson is an elected member of the University Senate at Arizona State University. Previous service to profession includes the Board of Directors for the Society for Music Teacher EducationAZ American Choral Directors Association, the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, the NC American Choral Directors Association, and the NC Music Educators Association

Education
  • Ph.D. Northwestern University
  • M.Div. Boston University (in progress)
  • M.M. University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • B.M. University of North Carolina-Greensboro

 

Videos
This video offers a variety of member perspectives about their participation in the Arizona State University Gospel Choir
Research Interests

Sociocultural Issues in Music Education

  • Music teachers' cultural competence
  • Representation and performance
  • Power and resistence 
  • Structure and agency 

Socially Engaged Practice in the Arts

  • Music as a tool in civic engagement 
  • Music making as a social inclusion strategy
  • Music making as provacateur 

Arts in Urban Contexts

  • Music and detained populations 
  • African American music 

Publications

Thompson, J. D. (2019). Expiration dates and trash cans for cross-cultural musical experiences. Missouri School Music, 73(4), 59-62. 

Thompson, J. D. (2019). God wants a yes. [SATB octavo]. GIA Music: Chicago.

Thompson, J. D. (2016).  Diversity within western classical music. Antiphon, 20(3), 15-16.

Thompson, J. D. (2015). Toward cultural responsiveness in music instruction with Black detained youth: An anlytic autoethnography. Music Education Research, 17(4), 421-436.

Thompson, J. D. (2007). American idol and the music classroom: A means for critiquing music. Music Educators Journal94(1), 36-40.

Research Activity

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Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 790Reading and Conference
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 548Intro to Research in Music Ed
MUE 579Psychology of Music
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 458ASU Gospel Choir
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 558ASU Gospel Choir
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 591Seminar
MSI 602Curr Issues in Music Research
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 791Seminar
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 548Intro to Research in Music Ed
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUP 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 570Choral Literature for Schools
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 591Seminar
MUP 598Special Topics
MUE 598Special Topics
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 598Special Topics
MUE 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUP 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 568Choral Music/Ad Rehearsal Tech
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 591Seminar
MUP 598Special Topics
MUE 598Special Topics
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Service

Board of Directors

The Society of Music Teacher Education, Western Division Chair (2016 - 18)

American Choral Directors Association, Repertoire & Standards Chair for Ethnic & Multicultural Perspectives (2015 - 17)

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