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Jason Hooper is a music theorist specializing in the theory and analysis of tonal music, historical and contemporary theories of form, and new approaches to theory pedagogy. His articles and reviews appear in Music Theory SpectrumJournal of the American Musicological SocietyRivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale, and Theory and Practice. Jason was co-editor (vol. 44), editor (vol. 45), and associate editor (vol. 46) of Theory and Practice and served on the editorial boards of Intégral and Indiana Theory Review. Currently, he is Senior Fellow and Associate Director for UMass Amherst’s Office of Faculty Development, where his work focuses on supporting non-tenure-track faculty across campus.

Jason teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. He received a Residential First-Year Experience Student Choice Award for helping first-year students succeed academically. Through a Fellowship for Innovative Teaching and a Professional Improvement Fellowship, he redesigned the first year of undergraduate music theory around more collaborative and student-centered pedagogical approaches that emphasize popular musics and fretboard spaces.

Jason holds a PhD in music theory from the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as an MM in music theory and a BM in trombone performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He received the Barry S. Brook Dissertation Award while at CUNY and the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award from the Music Theory Society of New York State. He enjoys playing clawhammer banjo.