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Dr. Chris J. Smith – Summer Productivity

TTU School of Music

September 2, 2020

CJS and Roger Landes teaching for TTU BOC

Dr. Smith found a great way to make the best out of this summer between online teaching, advising, and delivering three papers at national meetings.

Two of Dr. Smith's Ph.D. advisees passed their dissertation defenses in Summer 2020: 

  • Dr. Jonathan VerbetenTrashy Music in the Halls: A Cultural-Geographical History of Music Making in San Francisco During the Gold Rush Years (1849-1869) (2020) 
  • Dr. Kunyuan Guo, Inner Mongolian Folk Music in the 20th Century: Anthology, Analysis and Reception Studies (2020) 

As part of his Vernacular Music Center outreach, Dr. Smith taught 2 sections of “Learning Folk Tunes” on Zoom for TTU Band & Orchestra Camp participants; Professor Roger Landes assisted as guest bagpiper (July)  

Dr. Smith also delivered three papers at national meetings of scholarly societies: 

  • Dancing Revolution in the Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races (1937),” Music and the Moving Image, NYU Steinhardt School (May 2020) 
  • Music, Dance, and the Iconography of Cultural Exchange on the Antebellum Upper Mississippi,” Society for American Music, Minneapolis (July 2020) 
  • Pentecostal dance and proto-abolitionist noise on the Appalachian watersheds: the case of Cane Ridge,” Materializing Race: An “Unconference” on Objects and Identity in #VastEarlyAmerica, Washington Library/Yale University (August 2020) 


CJS teaching on zoom 

CJS teaching on zoom