Faculty & Administration

Dr. Joseph E. Jones, Associate Professor of Music History

Dr. Joseph Jones

Joseph E. Jones (Ph.D., Illinois) teaches courses in music history and musicology, and he serves as Coordinator of Music History. Dr. Jones also directs Texas A&M-Kingsville’s study abroad program in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Jones completed his doctoral degree in musicology at the University of Illinois. His undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris centered on vocal performance and the liberal arts.

Jones’s research has focused primarily on the German romantic tradition and music of the early-twentieth century, especially the operas of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. His broader scholarly interests include Viennese cultural history, primary source studies, and the fin de siècle. He has co-edited a book with William Kinderman titled Genetic Criticism and the Creative Process, an interdisciplinary collection of essays drawn from the fields of music, literature, and theater. Other recent projects include an article on Wagner’s Ring cycle published in The Journal of Musicological Research and grant-supported research on Strauss’s Arabella. Currently, he is working on a book titled Richard Strauss in Context to be published by Cambridge University Press.

In addition to his interests in German opera, Dr. Jones has developed a secondary research area in music and media. His article published in Music Research Forum explores the work of Bear McCreary (b. 1979), whose television and video game soundtracks blend instruments native to East Asia with those of the Western orchestra.

Jones has presented papers at dozens of professional conferences, including meetings of the American Musicological Society, International Musicological Society, College Music Society, Modern Language Association, and Royal Music Association.

Contact Information

School of Music
MUEB 289
MSC 174 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361-593-3428