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Davis, John S

Professor and Dean, College of Music


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research overview

  • Dr. Davis' research is focused on the history of jazz and organizational leadership. In 2013, he completed the Historical Dictionary of Jazz, published by Scarecrow Press, Inc. He continues to work on new manuscripts including a 'Listener's Guide to Duke Ellington,' for publication consideration by Scarecrow Press, Inc. Additionally, he serves as a guest conductor in residence for festivals in the U.S. and Canada.


  • jazz education, administration, organizational leadership, history of jazz



courses taught

  • MUSC 5938 - Management and Leadership in the Arts
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Presents leadership theories and management principles and their application to arts organizations. Examines concepts and approaches for leaders of small, medium and large arts organizations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including human resource management and effective communication.


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