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J. Smith

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

    

Dr. J. B. Smith is Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Percussion Studies in the School of Music at Arizona State University.  He is internationally recognized as a performer, composer, educator and conductor having performed and with a wide spectrum of artists including Steve Reich, Daniel Lentz, George Crumb, Chinary Ung, Sal Martirano, Chou Wen Chung, Lou Harrison, Morton Subotnick, Mary Ellen Childs, Arthur Weisberg, Alex Acuna, Robert Spring, John Bergamo, Len “ Boogsie” Sharpe, Liam Teague, Robert Chappell, Brad Dutz, Anthony Braxton, Rita Moreno, Carol Channing, Don Rickles and Clay Aiken.

He is director of the ASU Contemporary Percussion Ensemble that was featured in performances at the 1991, 2002 ad 2006 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. As a member of the Desert's Edge Clarinet-Percussion Duo with Dr. Robert Spring, Dr. Smith performed at the Music Educator's National Conference in 1994 and the 1992, 1995, 2002, 2004 and 2013 Clarinet Fest International Conferences. The duo has given concerts throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He served as principal percussionist with Ensemble 21, a contemporary music group under the direction of Arthur Weisberg, and as principal percussionist with The Daniel Lentz Group which performed at the Interlink Festival in Los Angeles, the Bang on a Can Festival in New York and the Festival Musica Visual in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. He has also recorded and performed with the internationally acclaimed Summit Brass and The Phoenix Symphony. He has recorded for Koch, Summit, Centaur, Rhizome Sketch, Fontec, Leo, Canyon Records, Potenza and Whole>Sum Productions. His CDs Apparitions for Percussion, First Reflections and At the Desert's Edge are available from jbmithmusic.com.  Percussion Solo 2011 and LIVE Chamber Music with Percussion are available from TresonaMultimedia.com.

He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University where he studied with Dr. Larry Vanlandingham, his Master of Music in Percussion Performance and Literature degree from the University of Illinois where he studied with Prof. Thomas Siwe and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas where he studied with Dr. Robert Schietroma. Previously, Dr. Smith was on the music faculties of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He has written articles for The Instrumentalist, The Canadian Band Journal and Percussive Notes.

A music educator for over 30 years, Dr. Smith has integrated innovative methods and technology into his teaching. In pursuit of techniques to improve his students’ sightreading and rhythm skills he developed two computer-based systems: Flash Tracker and Solo Duets. Flash Tracker uses a flashcard approach to encourage musicians to quickly recognize notated music. The computer program displays the music, listens to musicians’ interpretations and analyzes their performances. Performers are graded on note accuracy and rhythmic precision. Solo Duets consists of a series of two part exercises. Musicians record both parts using readily available multi-track recording software to evaluate rhythmic accuracy. Both programs are available from jbsmithmusic.com.

Dr. Smith is active as a composer, with numerous works published by C. Alan Publications and J. B. Smith Music.

 

As a clinician, he has appeared at the Music Educator's National Conference, multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and over 100 colleges and universities in North America, Asia and Europe. Dr. Smith proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Adams Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Mike Balter Mallets, Remo Drumheads and Grover Pro Percussion.

 

Research Interests

A music educator for over 30 years, Dr. Smith has integrated innovative methods and technology into his teaching. In pursuit of techniques to improve his students’ sightreading and rhythm skills he developed two computer-based systems: Flash Tracker and Solo Duets. Flash Tracker uses a flashcard approach to encourage musicians to quickly recognize notated music. The computer program displays the music, listens to musicians’ interpretations and analyzes their performances. Performers are graded on note accuracy and rhythmic precision. Solo Duets consists of a series of two part exercises. Musicians record both parts using readily available multi-track recording software to evaluate rhythmic accuracy. Both programs are available from jbsmithmusic.com.

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 121Studio Instruction
MUP 127Studio Instruction
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MUP 321Studio Instruction
MUP 327Studio Instruction
MUP 385Percussion Ensemble
MUP 451Repertoire
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 511Studio Instruction
MUP 521Studio Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 551Repertoire
MUP 585Percussion Ensemble
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 121Studio Instruction
MUP 127Studio Instruction
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MUP 321Studio Instruction
MUP 327Studio Instruction
MUP 385Percussion Ensemble
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 511Studio Instruction
MUP 521Studio Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 585Percussion Ensemble
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 121Studio Instruction
MUP 127Studio Instruction
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MUP 321Studio Instruction
MUP 327Studio Instruction
MUP 385Percussion Ensemble
MUP 481Performance-Pedagogy/Materials
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 511Studio Instruction
MUP 521Studio Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 581Performance Pedagogy/Materials
MUP 585Percussion Ensemble
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 121Studio Instruction
MUP 127Studio Instruction
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MUP 321Studio Instruction
MUP 327Studio Instruction
MUP 385Percussion Ensemble
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 511Studio Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 585Percussion Ensemble
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 121Studio Instruction
MUP 127Studio Instruction
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MUP 321Studio Instruction
MUP 327Studio Instruction
MUP 385Percussion Ensemble
MUP 451Repertoire
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 511Studio Instruction
MUP 521Studio Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 551Repertoire
MUP 585Percussion Ensemble
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 121Studio Instruction
MUP 127Studio Instruction
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MUP 321Studio Instruction
MUP 327Studio Instruction
MUP 385Percussion Ensemble
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 511Studio Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 585Percussion Ensemble
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 121Studio Instruction
MUP 127Studio Instruction
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MUP 321Studio Instruction
MUP 327Studio Instruction
MUP 385Percussion Ensemble
MUP 481Performance-Pedagogy/Materials
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 511Studio Instruction
MUP 521Studio Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 581Performance Pedagogy/Materials
MUP 585Percussion Ensemble
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 121Studio Instruction
MUP 127Studio Instruction
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MUP 321Studio Instruction
MUP 327Studio Instruction
MUP 385Percussion Ensemble
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 511Studio Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 585Percussion Ensemble
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 121Studio Instruction
MUP 127Studio Instruction
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MUP 321Studio Instruction
MUP 327Studio Instruction
MUP 385Percussion Ensemble
MUP 451Repertoire
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 511Studio Instruction
MUP 521Studio Instruction
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 551Repertoire
MUP 585Percussion Ensemble
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
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