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
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: “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
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.
2019-20 Harvard University, Mind-Brain-Behavior Initiative Cambridge, MA
Teaching Fellow | The Role of Music in Health and Education
2019-20 Northeastern University, Department of Music Boston, MA
Instructor | Music Analysis Seminar, Music in Everyday Life
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
- Intro. to Music Technology
- Applied Composition
- Intro. to Music Literature
- Film Music
- Hip Hop Music and Culture
- Fundamentals of Music Business
2019-21 Managing Director, Cambridge Common Voices | Cambridge, MA
- Cultivate community
- Serve as ensemble coordinator
- Plan rehearsals, coordinate all dimensions of concert production including teams, tech, promotion, and accessibility.
2018-19 Frederick Douglass Institute, Scholar-In-Residence | Kutztown, PA
- Initiated a now annual music competition aligned that furthers the diversity missions of FDI and the music department.
- Full-time instructor of record
2016-18 Board of Directors, Center for World Music | San Diego, CA
- Annual operating budget over $250,000 for cultural programing
- Grant-writer: Awarded competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Humanities, California Arts Council
2020-present |Music Director at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church | Acton, MA
2006-2013 | Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
Selected Contracts: Multi-Grammy nominee and Dove Award winning Magination Media, Angeles National Chorale, American Film Institute, Candlelight Pavilion, Lionheart Movies Inc., Rainwater Music Co., several ‘mega churches’ (3,000+ attendees)
2009-2011 | Music Director for Christ Our Savior United Methodist Church
2005 | Music Director for Lake Beauty Bible Camp
- Various touring rock/jazz bands, including Sempiternity and the Bethany Joy Combo | 2006-2013
- Performed regularly with Forever Kids at underserved schools throughout L.A. as part of character development programing | 2006-2010
- Regular keyboardist at several ‘mega-churches’ (3,000+ attendees)
- Produced Youtube channel MusicTheoryAdvanced | 13,000+ subscribers
- Reviewer for Psychology of Music, Memory & Cognition
- Affiliations: Society for Music Perception and Cognition, College Music Society, New England Conference of Music Theorists
- Academic Service:
Service on search committee, Frederick Douglass Institute | 2019
Local Organizing Committee: SMPC 2017, UC San Diego, CA
Session Chair: CMS Summit, 2017. USC, SC.
Academic Advisor: APU School of Music. Azusa, CA. 2010-2011
- Piano Tuner/Technician | over 400 pianos serviced, 2006-present
- Aspen Music Festival and School | Audio Recording, 2008
- N.A.S.A. Dryden Flight Research Center | SHARP Program, 2002
- Tribal Member: Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians