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Joti Rockwell

Joti Rockwell

Joti Rockwell

Associate Professor of Music
Thatcher 108
(909) 607-7391, Email Joti Rockwell
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Joti Rockwell joined the Pomona College faculty in 2007 and has taught courses in music theory (Music 4, 80, and 82), popular music (Music 68), rhythm (ID1) and music and natural order (ID1). He does research in the realms of American popular music, mathematical music theory, roots music, rhythm and meter, genre, and analysis. He has published in Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Online , Journal of Popular Music Studies, Ethnomusicology, and Popular Music, and he has work forthcoming in the second edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He has presented at conferences of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US, the International Council for Traditional Music, the Society for American Music, the International Country Music Conference, and the Society for Ethnomusicology, as well as national and regional meetings of the Society for Music Theory. He previously served as chair of the Society for Music Theory’s Popular Music Interest Group, and he is currently on the editorial board of Music Theory Online. He received a B.S. in Physics and Music from Haverford College in 1997, after which he recorded and toured professionally as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist in the acoustic duo Rockwell Church. He received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago in 2007, with a dissertation examining the sonic and discursive foundations of bluegrass music. He performs roots music, bluegrass, and contemporary concert music on the acoustic guitar, mandolin, and banjo, and he has been performing as part of Pomona College’s Balinese gamelan since 2008. In 2012, he received a Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching.