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Jason D. Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music Education

University of Texas Rio Grand Valley

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From conducting the Eastman Women’s Chorus to singing shape note at a goth bar, the performance experience of Jason D Jones, Ph.D. is as varied as his teaching and research interests. Jones, a native of Appalachia, is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, TX. 

Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and French, and a Master of Education from Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA. He earned a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Texas San Antonio. Also, he recently completed his Ph.D. Music Education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

He has experience teaching elementary general music, choir, and strings to children in urban and suburban areas in Virginia, Texas, and New York. He is a recipient of the SAISD Foundation Inspire award for his work with urban elementary school children, and he was recognized for significant his contributions to the SAISD elementary strings project.

His research interests include relationship systems in music education, Sacred Harp tradition, elementary general music instructional delivery methods, and motivation in music. 

Jones currently lives in Georgia with his partner, Jose; his two dogs, Jolene and Dolly; and his cat, Cher.

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Scaffolding the Dalcroze Approach


Individualized instruction and differentiation are fundamental concepts of the Dalcroze approach to music education. Émile Jaques-Dalcroze believed that students learn to be musical by different modalities. His three core branches, eurhythmics, rhythmic solfège, and improvisation, are intertwined with active listening, positive self-expression, and joy to create a learning environment that fuels music creativity. His followers continued his work by developing lessons, clarifying concepts, and sharing knowledge. This article offers insight to Jaques-Dalcroze’s background, a description of the three core branches, and a scaffolded lesson based on Dalcroze’s approach to student-centered music education.


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The Music Teaching Profession

UTRGV (Current)

Elementary General Music Methods

UTRGV (current)
Reinhardt University (2020-2022)
Eastman School of Music (TA) (2018)

Music for Classroom Teachers

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Current)

Clinical Resident Supervisor and Coordinator

Reinhardt University (2020-2022)

Common Elements of Differentiation

Reinhardt University (2020-2022)

Secondary Choral Methods

Reinhardt University (2021)
Eastman School of Music (TA) (2019)

Foundations of Music Education

UTRGV (current)
Reinhardt University (2020-2022)

Clinical Resident Seminar

Reinhardt University (2020-2022)
Eastman School of Music (2017-2020)

Choral Literature

Reinhardt University

Eastman School of Music Treble Choir

Eastman School of Music 2019-2020

Classroom Instruments

Eastman School of Music Fall 2018

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