Brian Moon

Brian Moon, Ph.D.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 2:30-3:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Human beings have always had music.   There is no culture, past or present, that has not had some way of making music, and just as people have changed and adapted so too has music.  Advancements in technology have affected many aspects of music, from the way it is produced, promoted and distributed to the way it is consumed and performed. One type of music consumption and performance that has been profoundly affected by technological change is the music festival, a way of presenting music with a history going back to the time of Ancient Greece. 

Dr. Moon will explore how technological changes have affected the nature and experience of music festivals over time as these new technologies have been infused into the musical experience.  His lecture will answer the following questions:  How is new technology changing the music festival experience? How are musicians being affected and influenced? How does the millennial music festival experience compare with what baby boomers experienced when they were young?

Brian Moon has a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Colorado specializing in American music.  He is also trained in classical guitar (B.A. Emory University) and choral conducting (M.S.M. Emory University). He is an assistant professor of music at the University of Arizona, where he teaches and is the Coordinator of Music in General Studies.

Professor Moon is also an expert in the African-American spiritual, music of the Harlem Renaissance, and Rock and Roll history.   He has published articles in numerous musical journals and has written a book entitled How Rock Rolled: A History of American Music. He has also published an online analysis of how Big Data shapes the music industry. 

Written by Roxy Mitchem-Horn, Academy Village Volunteer


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