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Jason Thompson

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

Teaching

Dr. Jason Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Music Teaching and Learning 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 and affiliate faculty with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. At ASU, he teaches courses that explore sociocultural issues in music education, socially engaged practice in the arts, and arts in urban contexts. The Gospel Choir (MUP 494/598) that he resurrected fall 2015 grew 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 the choral music faculty at Appalachian State University and taught choral and general music for 10 years in K-12 public schools in NC and VA. 

Research

Dr. Thompson's research explores the ways in which culture influences and mediates music instruction and how music teachers develop the competencies needed for working in diverse teaching environments. Additionally, he has conducted research on music with youth detained in the criminal justice system that focused on curriculum, culturally responsive pedagogies, and the role music may play in how detained youth experience their incarceration. Dr. Thompson's research has been published in professional journals including Music Education Research and Music Educators Journal, and has been presented at national and international conferences in the US and the UK. Through a 10K grant awarded through the National Association for Music Education and the Society of Research in Music Education, Dr. Thompson [PI] along with colleagues and doctoral students are conducting research on the community capacity and community cultural wealth that 13-18 year olds in the Greater Phoenix area use to "do" music.  

Service to the Profession

Dr. Thompson is a member of the University Senate of Arizona Sate University.  He serves as Chair for the Western Division of the Society of Music Teacher Education and the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the Arizona State Chapter of America Choral Directors Association.  Previously, he served on the board of directors for the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, the NC American Choral Directors Association, and the NC Music Educators Association

 

Education

PhD, Northwestern University

MM, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

BM, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

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. (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

Dr. Thompson was recently awarded a 10K grant from the National Association for Music Education and the Society for Research in Music Education to conduct a study addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion within their profession. Over a two-year period, the funds will enable him and other music education researchers to explore the community capacity and community cultural wealth that 13-18 year olds in the Phoenix metro region use to “do music” in school music programs, in community music programs, or on their own apart from any school or community organization.  Existing inequities suggest that the social, cultural, and musical capital of underrepresented groups may lack currency among existing institutional structures.  However, Dr. Thompson and his co-researchers believe that understanding how young people develop these capacities through music participation, as well as where they face limitations, may help the profession develop more effective ways to bridge school and community partnerships and to facilitate inclusive musical opportunities for underrepresented and underserved young people. 

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUP 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 579Psychology of Music
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 591Seminar
MUP 598Special Topics
MUE 599Thesis
MSI 601Cont Topics in Music Research
MUE 790Reading and Conference
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
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 101ASU School of Music Experience
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUP 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 579Psychology of Music
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUP 598Special Topics
MUE 599Thesis
MSI 601Cont Topics in Music Research
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
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUS 354Popular Music
MUE 465Child Music for Music Therapy
MUE 484Internship
MUP 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 565Children's Music Music Therapy
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUP 598Special Topics
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 792Research
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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