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School of Music
James Davis

School of Music
Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3151
James Davis

James Davis

Mason Hall 3151
716-673-3154 fax


Jim Davis is Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Musicology Area at The State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music.  His primary research focuses on the music and musicians of the American Civil War.  He has also worked in the areas of music history pedagogy, American popular music of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of bands.

Davis received a BS in Music from the University of Colorado at Denver with an emphasis in scoring and arranging; an MM in composition from the University of Texas; and a PhD in music history and theory from Boston University.

Davis has presented papers at regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, College Music Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for Military History, Music Library Association, and American Culture Association. His research has been published in American Music, College Music Symposium, Journal of Military History, Nineteenth Century Studies, Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Band Research, and the Journal of American Culture. His articles on pedagogy have appeared in International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Journal of Aesthetic Education, and Philosophy of Music Education Review. 

He is the author of Music Along the Rapidan: Civil War Soldiers, Music and Community During Winter Quarters, Virginia (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) and Bully for the Band! The Letters and Diary of Four Brothers in the 10th Vermont Infantry Band (MacFarland, 2012). He also edited the collections The Music History Classroom (Ashgate, 2012) and Art and the American Civil War, both from Ashgate Publishing. He is currently working on a manuscript that examines the creation and tumultuous reception of the song "Maryland, My Maryland" during the Civil War.

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