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Assistant Professor, Music

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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 where he earned a Bachelor's degree in music emphasizing classical guitar. Later, he returned to Emory to earn a Masters of Sacred Music degree focusing upon choral conducting. Moon attended the University of Colorado for his Ph.D. in musicology, where he was a fellow in the American Music Research Center. Moon taught briefly at the University of Colorado, and has taught at the University of Arizona since 2004. Currently, he holds the title of Coordinator of Music in General Studies, and his focus has been upon general education. This position feeds Moon's passion for improving student learning and reflects his extensive experience in both online and in person classrooms.

In addition to teaching, Moon remains involved in the performance of music through local and state choirs. The Unitarian Universalist Association has credentialed him as a music professional for his decades of experience as a church music director. He participates in the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries.

Moon's research encompasses: 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. He has published articles in the Black Music Research Journal, the Encyclopedia of African American Music, the Bulletin of the Society for American Music, and the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd Edition. Moon also wrote a textbook entitled How Rock Rolled: A History of American Music, which entered it's 2nd edition in 2017. Moon's analysis of how Big Data shapes the music industry was republished in many online magazines.

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Arizona Arts

Tune in tomorrow (Thurs.) at 6p for the Pete Swan Trio ...Get ready for a swinging vid this week when we are joined by The Pete Swan Trio! Peter Swan, Robbie Lee, and Scott Krystyna Black met up with The Tucson Studio crew at the beautiful LandMark Sound Recorders studio for a memorable evening of jazz. With tunes ranging from Gershwin classics to creative & original treatments of jazz standards, this set will have you tapping your toe and snapping your fingers in no time.
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In 1978, mold-breaking queer artist Robert Rauschenberg collected objects near his Florida studio and used them to create a series of six "Publicons" - icons for the public. He envisioned them as stations, much like the Stations of the Cross observed by Christians, but they resemble religious objects in design only. In function, they are objects of secular "worship" and playfully comment on the superficiality that has replaced spirituality in American society.

Station I, which we are privileged to have in our collection, opens to reveal a canoe paddle painted with gold leaf and adorned with a blue light bulb. The patterned fabrics of the interior seem to represent the materialism of contemporary culture, with the blue light calling to mind the "blue light specials" held by retail giant K-Mart.

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