Dan Jacobson

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Daniel C. Jacobson (Dan)
Professor, Music History and Theory, General Education
(269) 387-4685
(269) 387-1113
2306 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5434
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School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara
  • M.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., Westminster College

Daniel C. Jacobson is a professor of music at Western Michigan University where he teaches musicology, theory and general education courses in the School of Music. Jacobson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westminster College in vocal performance and the Master of Arts degree from California State University-Long Beach in music history. He also completed Ph.D. programs in musicology and music theory at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Jacobson came to WMU from a teaching position at the University of North Dakota.

Jacobson has taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses in music theory, history, technology, guitar and voice. He has served as the executive producer and artistic director for a gala Mozart bicentennial performance at the University of North Dakota and as the music director for the Grove Shakespeare Festival, various college ensembles, and at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Santa Barbara. Jacobson has performed as a vocalist and guitarist for university, church and civic concerts. He has professionally sung the role of Antonio in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and has appeared as a soloist in various capacities at the University of North Dakota.

Jacobson's research includes several publications in books, journals and CD-ROM/multimedia. He has co-authored two CDs: The Norton CD-ROM MasterWorks Series, Vol. 1: 12 Pieces from The Norton Scores and CD-ROM Listening Guides for The Enjoyment of Music. Articles by Jacobson have appeared in the journal of the International Franz Schubert Society, the Mozart-Jahrbuch, The Journal of Musicology, Musicus (the journal of the International Computers in Teaching Initiative), The Opera Quarterly, the Reader's Guide to Music, and the Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In addition, Jacobson has served as a contributing author, book reviewer, book editor, and newsletter editor. He has also presented lectures and papers for international forums in Canada, Germany, England, Taiwan and the United States.

In 2002, Jacobson received the WMU College of Fine Arts Outstanding Service Award. At the University of North Dakota, he received a 1993 Outstanding Research/Creativity Award and a 1994 Dean's Award from the College of Fine Arts, and the 1995 university-wide Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, Research, Creativity, and Service. In 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 he was selected to Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and he has been listed over a dozen times in various Who's Who publications including Who's Who in the World (1999). His professional affiliations include membership in the American Musicological Society, the Society for Music Theory, the College Music Society, Music Theory Midwest, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction and the International Schubert Society. He is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honors society.