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Jason Hooper

Senior Lecturer, Music Theory

Jason Hooper, music theory

360 Bromery Center for the Arts

Jason Hooper is a music theorist specializing in Schenkerian theory and analysis, historical and contemporary theories of form, and new approaches to theory pedagogy. He earned 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.

Dr. Hooper is co-editor of Theory and Practice. His articles and reviews appear in Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Rivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale, and Theory and Practice. He has read papers at annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory (Tallinn, Estonia), and the European Music Analysis Conference (Leuven, Belgium), among other conferences. His dissertation, “Heinrich Schenker’s Early Approach to Form, 1895–1921: Implications for His Late Work and Its Reception,” received the Barry S. Brook Dissertation Award. Preliminary dissertation research received the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award from the Music Theory Society of New York State.

Dr. Hooper teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at UMass Amherst. He received a UMass Residential First-Year Experience Student Choice Award for helping first-year students succeed academically. Through a Fellowship for Innovative Teaching from the UMass Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development, he redesigned the first year of music theory at UMass Amherst around more collaborative and student-centered pedagogical approaches.