Ph.D. (2019) Music
University of California, San Diego | San Diego, CA
Emphases: Music Theory / Integrative Studies. Advisor: David Borgo, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Student-as-Theorist: Embodiment as a Paradigm for Music Theory Pedagogy
M.M. (2009) Music Composition
B.A. (2006) in Music Theory
Azusa Pacific University | Azusa, CA
Awards and Fellowships
2021 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University
2018-19 Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellowship, Frederick Douglass Institute
2013-17 Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, University of California
Gutierrez. J. (2019) “An Enactive Approach to Learning Music Theory? Obstacles and Openings.” Front. Educ. 4:133. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2019.00133
Gutierrez. J. (2018) “Students Evaluate Music Theory Courses: A Reddit Community Survey.” College Music Symposium. Vol. 58, No. 2. https://doi.org/10.18177/sym. 2018.58.sr.11391
Under Review / In Preparation
Gutierrez. J. “Through-lines and Inclusivity: Case Studies in Innovative Music Theory Curricula” Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy
Published Conference Proceedings
Gutierrez. J. “Enactive Cognition in Music Theory: Conduction in the Classroom.” Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. ICMPC15 (2018)
Gutierrez. J. “Framing Creative Intentionality: Toward Heuristic Technology in Music Theory Pedagogy.” The proceedings of the International Conference on New Music Concepts. Treviso. Accademia Musicale. p. 103–8. (2015)
Selected Invited Talks
2021 Harvard University. Society for Mind, Brain, Behavior. Speaker: “Paradoxes in Harmony: Toward a Pedagogy of Mutual Transformation” Cambridge, MA. October 7.
2021 | Harvard University. Society for Mind, Brain, Behavior. Speaker: “Music intersections with Social Responsibility and Invisibility” Remote. March 11.
2020 | Harvard University. Society for Mind, Brain, Behavior. Speaker: “Musical Growth: Prodigy, Presence, Play.” Remote. October 17.
2019 | Harvard University. Mind, Brain, Behavior Interfaculty Initiative. Speaker: “Paradoxes in Harmony: Toward a Pedagogy of Mutual Transformation” Cambridge, MA. October 17.
2019 | Musical interventions in cognitive ability. Indian Hill Music Center. Littleton, MA. October 15.
2018 | Providing Resources and Opportunities for Future Standouts (PROFS). Keynote Speaker. Kutztown, PA. November 19.
2018 | Harvard University. Mind, Brain, Behavior Interfaculty Initiative. Speaker: “Play and Prodigy: Embodied Cognition in Music Learning.” Cambridge, MA. October 4.
2018 | Kutztown University. Frederick Douglass Institute Discussion Series. Keynote speaker: “Paradoxes in Harmony: Music in the Recovery of Self and Community.” September 11.
2017 | San Diego Refugee Forum. Presenter: “Songs and Stories,” the Center for World Music’s refugee artist initiative. El Cajon, CA. November 21.
2017 | Butch Morris’ Conduction®, Guest lecturer. UC San Diego. November 14.
2017 | “Varèse, Zappa, and the Corporeal in Sound.” Guest lecturer. UC San Diego. February 2.
2017 | Society for Music Perception and Cognition. Panelist: “Pursuing Graduate School”. UC San Diego, CA. July 31.
2016 | Session chair, College Music Society Summit on 21st Century Music School Design. University of South Carolina, SC. June 4.
2015 | UC San Diego. Springfest Music Symposium. Presenter and panelist: “ Music in Cognitive Decline.” San Diego, CA. April 10.
2015 | Chapman University. “The Cutting Edge in Music Cognition.” Guest lecturer. Orange CA. December 3.
Selected Conference Presentations
2022 “The Role of Music in Mood Regulation During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Society for Music Perception and Cognition. Portland, OR. August.
2020 “Toward Diversity, Creativity, and Integration in Music Theory Curriculum” College Music Society National Conference. November. (Remote)
2019 “Transformations in Music Theory Pedagogy: Four Case Studies.” Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology. University of Graz. Austria. (flash talk). September.
2019 “Expanding the Repertoire: Hip Hop in the Academy.” National Association for Multicultural Education. Pennsylvania Chapter. March.
2019 “Students Evaluate Music Theory Courses: A Reddit Community Survey.” College Music Society. Northeast Chapter | Millersville, PA. March.
2018 “Enactive Cognition in Music Theory.” International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition | Graz, Austria. July. Large travel award recipient
2017 “Music Theory Through Conduction.” International Conference for the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research | University of Hull, UK. April. Dean’s Travel Award recipient
2017 “Students Evaluate Music Theory Courses: A Reddit Community Survey.” Society for Music Perception and Cognition | UC San Diego, CA. July. (Poster)
2015 “Cognitive Framing in Music Theory Curriculum.” Society for Music Perception and Cognition. Vanderbilt University. July.
2015 “Framing Creative Intentionality: Toward Heuristic Technology in Music Theory Pedagogy.” International Conference on New Music Concepts | Treviso, Italy. February. Large Travel Award
2015 “Crossover Evangelism: How Contemporary Christian Music Advanced Post-Christian America.” American Musicological Society; Pacific-Southwest Chapter Meeting | San Diego, CA. February.
2018-present Northeastern University, Department of Music Boston, MA
Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor
2019-2021 Harvard University, Music / Mind-Brain-Behavior Cambridge, MA
2018-19 Kutztown University, Department of Music Kutztown, PA
Scholar-In-Residence, Full-time Instructor (18 units)
2016-17 Chapman University, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music Orange, CA
Adjunct Professor | Psychology of Music
2015-18 University of California, San Diego, Department of Music San Diego, CA Associate
Instructor, Teaching Assistant (40 units)
2012-13 Life Pacific College, San Dimas, CA
2011-13 Azusa Pacific University, School of Music Azusa, CA Adjunct professor (40 units)
Courses taught as instructor of record | Over 100 units
- Fundamentals (I), diatonic and chromatic harmony (II, III), Advanced/20th century (IV)
- Music Analysis Seminar
- Psychology of Music (graduate and undergraduate)
- Music in Everyday Life
- Hip Hop Music Business
- Intro. to Music Technology
- Applied Composition
- Intro. to Music Literature
- Film Music
- Hip Hop Music and Culture
- Fundamentals of Music Business