Dr. Jonathan Brooks completed his PhD at the University of North Texas in music theory. His dissertation, entitled Imagined Sounds: Their Role in the Strict and Free Compositional Practice of Anton Bruckner, investigates the degree to which Bruckner’s harmonic-counterpoint teachings affected his compositional output. Prior to coming to Anderson University, Dr. Brooks was a lecturer of music theory at Baylor University for the 2000-2001 academic year, where he taught classes in form and analysis, traditional harmony, and 20th-century analysis and ear-training.
Dr. Brooks’ research interests include the history of music theory, and the analysis of harmonic and contrapuntal elements in late romantic and early 20th-century Viennese music. Dr. Brooks presented several papers on turn-of-the-century Viennese harmony and compositional theory for the Texas Society of Music Theory. More recently, he has focused his research on popular music of the '60s and to tracing the origins of their harmonic-contrapuntal structures in earlier popular and classical music.
In addition to his work in music theory, Dr. Brooks is an active composer who focuses on piano, song, and choral writing. In addition, arriving at Anderson University, he has taught private lessons with several students going on to complete master’s and doctorate degrees. Dr. Brooks has also worked with the Just Press Play Academy in Anderson, teaching music theory and piano skills to children between the ages of 8 and 11.
Dr. Brooks has been at Anderson University since 2001.
Courses taught at Anderson University: Theory, Aural Comprehension, Choral Arranging, Counterpoint, and Private Composition Lessons
Dr. Jonathan Brooks
Associate Professor of Music
Professor of Music
BA, Erskine College
MM, Indiana University
PhD, University of North Texas