Dr. James Randall is Assistant Professor of Music History and serves as department coordinator of the Music History area. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music research, music history and world music. Prior to his appointment at the University of Montana, he served as a visiting instructor in music history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
James earned his Bachelor of Music in performance at Ball State University, where he studied tuba with John Jones. His advanced degrees, a Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy, were earned at the University of Illinois, where he studied historical musicology and ethnomusicology with Lawrence Gushee, Nicholas Temperley, Bruno Nettl, and Charles Capwell.
Dr Randall’s principal area of research is American music, with special interests in jazz and musical theater. His doctoral thesis, “Becoming Jerome Kern,” was a study of Kern’s early career and its importance to the development of Kern’s later musical style. Randall has presented his research at several national conferences.
In addition to his research interests in western music, Randall is also interested in the music of Southeast Asia. In the summer of 2000, he traveled with the University of Illinois gamelan beleganjur to the Center for World Music in Bali, where he participated in an intensive study of the music and culture of Indonesia funded by the Ford Foundation.
Current projects for Dr. Randall include a book on the early career of Jerome Kern and a performing edition of Jerome Kern’s first Broadway musical, The Red Petticoat.