Dr. Doug Gordon


Doug GordonMusic Theory

Studio: Mason Hall 202-A
Phone: (256) 782-5578
Email: dgordon@jsu.edu

Dr. Douglas Gordon, Professor of Music Theory, joined the JSU faculty in August, 2008. His appointment followed a sixteen year tenure at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina where he coordinated the basic musicianship program and supervised the computer music laboratory. At MHU Dr. Gordon was named a Fellow of the John B. Stephenson Foundation through the auspices of the Appalachian College Association, a consortium of 35 colleges and universities in the Appalachian region.

He is an honor graduate of Jacksonville State University (Bachelor of Science, Education, 1978) and was awarded the Master of Arts degree from JSU in 1983. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory (1999) from the Florida State University in Tallahassee. A native of northwest Georgia, Dr. Gordon is the former band and choral director at Ringgold High School in Catoosa county and later at West Side Middle School in the Whitfield County Public Schools.

At JSU Dr. Gordon’s responsibilities lie in all areas of music theory including fundamentals, diatonic and chromatic harmony, form and analysis, 18th century counterpoint, and post-tonal theory. In collaboration with Professor Eryn Oft, they created and presented The Symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, a team-taught historical/theoretical survey which coincided with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s 2011 Beethoven Festival.

Dr. Gordon has presented numerous clinics at state and regional conferences on both music theory pedagogy and the use of technology in the music classroom. Through a series of very successful summer workshops at Mars Hill University,  he trained educators in the use of computer-based tools for the teaching of music. Dr. Gordon was selected for five years as a reader for the Advanced Placement (AP) program in music theory by the College Board/Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey. He has served as a JSU Faculty Senator and, at Mars Hill University, was elected to a three-year term as Chair of the Faculty.

Dr. Gordon’s professional interests lie in the psychology of music, musical perception and cognition, and the works of Maurice Ravel. His Ph.D. dissertation, Harmonic Progression to the Dominant: An Experiment in Aural Perception, explored trained musicians’ perception of pre-dominant harmony. He is a freelance trombonist and has performed with the Asheville (NC) Symphony Orchestra, the Asheville Pops, Brevard (NC) Chamber Orchestra, Gadsden (AL) Symphony Orchestra, Rome (GA) Symphony Orchestra, the Roman Festival Brass, Appalachian Brass Quintet, North Georgia Brass Quintet, and the Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers. When not wearing his musician’s hat he is a hopeless stereo freak and enjoys gazing at the night sky.