Dr. Joseph Edward Morgan

Assistant Professor

Dr. Joseph Edward Morgan
615-898-5924
Room 150, Wright Music Building (WMB)
MTSU Box 47, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Brandeis University (2009)
  • M.A., University of Maryland, Univ Coll (2002)
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (2000)

Biography

Joseph E. Morgan studied classical guitar and European history at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. At the University of Maryland, College Park, he earned his Master’s degree with a thesis titled Five Depictions of Chaos from the 18th Century. From there, he moved to Boston where he earned his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Brandeis University writing on Carl Maria von Weber’s Romanticism and particularly his last opera Oberon. Since then he has...

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Joseph E. Morgan studied classical guitar and European history at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. At the University of Maryland, College Park, he earned his Master’s degree with a thesis titled Five Depictions of Chaos from the 18th Century. From there, he moved to Boston where he earned his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Brandeis University writing on Carl Maria von Weber’s Romanticism and particularly his last opera Oberon. Since then he has served on the faculties of Boston University, Brandeis University, Johnson and Wales University, Montgomery College, New England Conservatory, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Harvard University where he won the prestigious Bok Center Award for his work teaching Music Theory 1a, ‘Theory for Non-Majors.’

His primary research focuses on the dramatic music, theory and aesthetics of Germany in the early 19th century. He has presented research on E. T. A. Hoffmann, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Giacomo Meyerbeer and Carl Maria von Weber at various regional, national and international conferences and published in the Indiana Theory Review, Notes and Sinerìs: revista de musicologia. However, his secondary research interests cross the traditional (and somewhat tedious) boundaries between 'classical' and 'popular' music, having published numerous encyclopedia articles on various topics including ‘Gangsta Rap’ and ’H. L. Menken’ in the Grove Dictionary of American Music as well as ‘Birdsong’ and ‘Patriotism’ in The Encyclopedia of Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

His first book, Carl Maria von Weber: Cosmopolitanism in the Early German Romantic, published by Rowman & Littlefield, reassesses Weber’s work and aesthetics not just for their influence but also as an expression of the aesthetics and cosmopolitanism that underlay the early Romantic and Nationalist movement in Germany. His second book is a biography of Weber with a special emphasis on his historical context as a figure in the emerging German Nationalist identity. Most recently, he has been editing a collection of essays under the topic Tyranny and Music which is due out of Lexington Press in the Fall of 2017.

Finally, Morgan is a husband and father. (two roles which he gives most importance). He currently lives and teaches in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he still tries to break out his guitar once in a while.

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Publications

Books Published:

In Progress:  

  • Tyranny and Music. An essay collection resulting from a conference held at Middle Tennessee State University in November 2015.

Articles and Book Chapters:  

Reviews (monthly column):

“Sounding Off” Monthly Column for Nashville Arts Magazine (November, 2015-present)

In addition to this work are a miscellany of encyclopedia articles, book and concert reviews and edition prefaces.

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Presentations

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Awards

  • Award from Office of International Affairs ($3100) to establish a MTSU Signature Study Abroad program in Vienna
  • Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant ($1980), Middle Tennessee State University, June 2015
  • Instructor’s Development Grant ($900), Middle Tennessee State University, May 2015
  • Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, April 2009
  • Max Kade Travel Grant, Brandeis University, September 2007
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  • Award from Office of International Affairs ($3100) to establish a MTSU Signature Study Abroad program in Vienna
  • Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant ($1980), Middle Tennessee State University, June 2015
  • Instructor’s Development Grant ($900), Middle Tennessee State University, May 2015
  • Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, April 2009
  • Max Kade Travel Grant, Brandeis University, September 2007
  • Provost’s Dissertation Expense Award, Brandeis University, May 2007
  • Center for German and European Studies Research Grant, Brandeis University, May 2007
  • Bolli Scholar Award for paper presented at the Osher Institute, Brandeis University, October, 2005

 

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Courses

Undergraduate

  • MUS 1030 Introduction to Music
  • MUHL 3020 History of Western Art Music II
  • MUHL 3140 History of Rock 'n' Roll
  • MUHL 3670 History of American (United States') Popular Music

Cross Listed Undergraduate and Graduate

  • MUHL 4630/5630 17th and 18th Century Music
  • MUHL 4640/5640 19th Century Music
  • MUHL 4650/6040 20th Century Music

Graduate

  • MUS 6630 Graduate Seminar