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Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson

Visiting Assistant Professor, Interim Director of Music Education

Music and Performing Arts Professions

Jason Thompson (PhD, Northwestern University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Music Education at NYU Steinhardt. He believes that the core values of equity, inclusion and belonging are central to and indivisible from intellectual and artistic excellence. This belief has been a connective thread across his more than 20 years in the profession as a public school music teacher, university professor, community teaching artist, and administrator for equity and inclusion. His courses and research explore socially engaged practices in the arts, music participation as civic engagement, and the ways culture influences and mediates the musical experience. 

Dr. Thompson's scholarly activity includes choral scores published through GIA Music and Hinshaw Music, and publication in Music Education Research, Music Educators Journal, Missouri School Music, and Antiphon. He also maintains an active schedule as a choral clinician. Currently, Dr. Thompson and two colleagues are editing the book If Colors Could be Heard (Intellect Books)an edited collection of the diverse perspectives of scholars, educators, and music makers that aims to paint a portrait of the most wondrous tunes of music learning and teaching occurring across contexts. Prior to NYU, Dr. Thompson served on the faculties of Arizona State University and Appalachian State University. 


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