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Brian Moon

Associate Professor of Practice

Slonaker House, Room 210
520-626-2033

BA Emory University (Guitar Performance)
MSM Emory University (Choral Conducting)
PhD University of Colorado (Musicology)

Brian Moon is a musicologist who specializes in America's music. He attended Emory University to earn a BA in classical guitar, and later a Master’s Degree of Sacred Music focusing on choral conducting. Moon was a fellow of the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado, where he earned his Ph.D. in musicology. He has taught at the University of Arizona since 2004, where he is the Coordinator of Music in General Studies, a position that feeds his passion for improving student learning, and reflects his extensive experience in both online and in person classrooms.

Moons research and creative endeavors are as varied as the courses he has taught, or the kinds of students he regularly engages. He has published and presented information about: the African American spiritual, the reception of the black spiritual among white southerners, the Harlem Renaissance, record stores, Capital Records, Nelson Riddle, Harry Burleigh, Frank Sinatra and the history of Rock 'n Roll. Moon has organized Arizona choral events and festivals, mostly in association with the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries. He regularly sings and performs music he writes in low stakes environments with his guitar. He has also published in journals, written a textbook, and a handful of online magazine articles that have received a significant amount of attention (e.g., Moon’s analysis of how Big Data shapes the music industry or his editorial The economic effect of student withdrawal rates haunt me).

More recently, Brian Moon has worked with Dan Kruse to create the Arizona Musical Memory Archive, and the Lifetimes of Listening Podcast. The project and podcast was supposed to be launched at the UA Wonderhouse at SXSW in 2020, but will now be featured at SXSW 2022. As a collection of musical memories, it draws attention to the ways music brings people together, helps validate individual musical experiences by linking them to communal ones, and highlights the many ways people give meaning to their lives through music. These are tools that Moon regularly employs in his classrooms to engage students with the musical past, and how it relates to the musical present.  In other words, Brian Moon's approach to teaching and communicating about music are symbolized by Lifetimes of Listening.

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Arizona Arts

UA School of Theatre, Film & Television students Haiden Pederson and Sofia Elena Gonzalez discuss the stressful process of baring your soul in #auditions and tips on how to deal with audition #anxiety.

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Images:
> Sofia in the UA Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of ‘Pippin.’ Photo by Ed Flores.
> Haiden in ‘The Little Mermaid.’ Photo by Krimsin King.

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UA School of Theatre, Film & Television students Haiden Pederson and Sofia Elena Gonzalez discuss the stressful process of baring your soul in #auditions and tips on how to deal with audition #anxiety.

https://azart.fyi/auditiontips

Images:
> Sofia in the UA Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of ‘Pippin.’ Photo by Ed Flores.
> Haiden in ‘The Little Mermaid.’ Photo by Krimsin King.

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4 days ago
Arizona Arts

This past spring and summer Gyselle Cuevas served as a production assistant on the set of an independent film, thanks to support from the College of Fine Arts Medici Circle donors.

#MediciMondays

Gyselle is a junior majoring in Film and Television at the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television. She worked on the independent film, ‘The Long Walk of Carlos Guerrero,’ shot in Tucson, as a production assistant and assistant camera. She assisted with maintaining the camera, selecting the appropriate lenses and filters for each scene. She was responsible for slating each shot and generally supported the cast and crew through all stages of production.

The financial support provided through the Medici Award was used to cover travelling and living expenses.

The film tells the story of a man and young girl who get stranded in the desert of Southern Arizona. It was her first experience on a film set.

“I feel incredibly blessed to have worked with the cast and crew, and to feel like I was a significant part of something important and beautiful. I can’t help but express my gratitude to Sylvia and Herb Burton for this incredible opportunity. I am extremely grateful as this will impact my future as I seek opportunities as a Hispanic film student.”

Learn more about the program.
🔗 azart.fyi/MediciCircle

Thanks to donations made by the generous Medici Circle members, talented, artist scholars like Gyselle are awarded $1,000 to pursue an educational summer project beyond the classroom.
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This past spring and summer Gyselle Cuevas served as a production assistant on the set of an independent film, thanks to support from the College of Fine Arts Medici Circle donors.

#MediciMondays 

Gyselle is a junior majoring in Film and Television at the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television. She worked on the independent film, ‘The Long Walk of Carlos Guerrero,’ shot in Tucson, as a production assistant and assistant camera. She assisted with maintaining the camera, selecting the appropriate lenses and filters for each scene. She was responsible for slating each shot and generally supported the cast and crew through all stages of production.
 
The financial support provided through the Medici Award was used to cover travelling and living expenses.

The film tells the story of a man and young girl who get stranded in the desert of Southern Arizona. It was her first experience on a film set.
 
“I feel incredibly blessed to have worked with the cast and crew, and to feel like I was a significant part of something important and beautiful. I can’t help but express my gratitude to Sylvia and Herb Burton for this incredible opportunity. I am extremely grateful as this will impact my future as I seek opportunities as a Hispanic film student.”

Learn more about the program.
🔗 https://azart.fyi/MediciCircle

Thanks to donations made by the generous Medici Circle members, talented, artist scholars like Gyselle are awarded $1,000 to pursue an educational summer project beyond the classroom.Image attachmentImage attachment
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Arizona Arts

This spring feel, see, and hear live dance again with The University of Arizona School of Dance.

> Dance is in the Air
> Spring Collection
> Emerge: Student Spotlight

azart.fyi/DanceSpring22

“A highlight of the season will certainly be Frank Chavez’s Habaneros where we get to experience a taste of the vibrant Cuban culture,” said Interim Artistic Director Tammy Dyke Compton.

Images: Nate Mariano, Liana Corona by Ed Flores.
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This spring feel, see, and hear live dance again with The University of Arizona School of Dance.

> Dance is in the Air
> Spring Collection
> Emerge: Student Spotlight

https://azart.fyi/DanceSpring22

“A highlight of the season will certainly be Frank Chavez’s Habaneros where we get to experience a taste of the vibrant Cuban culture,” said Interim Artistic Director Tammy Dyke Compton.

Images: Nate Mariano, Liana Corona by Ed Flores.Image attachment
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