History Department
History Department

History professor one of several listed as music expert

Wed, August 6, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas -July 10, 2008- Music is an important part of summer. Each season, children enroll in music lessons and concert-lovers flock to music festival such as Bonnaroo in Nashville, Lollapalooza in Chicago and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Scholars and musicologists at The University of Texas at Austin are available to discuss their research on music, ranging from its history and psychology, to teaching and industry practices.

What Your Music Says About You
Sam Gosling
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Music preferences may reveal personality traits such as political ideology, intelligence and physical attractiveness, according to Gosling's research with Jason Rentfrow, a university alumnus and faculty member at the University of Cambridge in England. Gosling is the author of "Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You," which explores how a person's possessions--and iPod playlist--can provide clues to a person's character and personality.

Joshua Gunn
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Gunn examines how people use music to encode memories and express feelings. According to Gunn, musical preferences and practices play an important role in the negotiation of gender norms, sexual orientation, racial identification, class allegiance and construction of identity.

Psychology of Music Lyrics
Jamie Pennebaker
Chair, Department of Psychology

Pennebaker has published numerous studies about language and what specific words and patterns reveal about personality. Recently, he analyzed patterns of Beatles lyrics and found that Paul McCartney was a more sophisticated and diverse lyricist than John Lennon.

The Music Industry and the Internet
Sirkka Jarvenpaa
Professor, McCombs School of Business

Jarvenpaa, professor in the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management, organized the recent conference "Music Business and Web 2.0," which explored the future of music distribution and the impact of the Internet on the music industry. Topics included the relationship between blog buzz and CD sales, and evolving models of co-production and fan remixing.

Popular Music and American History
Karl Miller
Assistant Professor, Department of History

Miller uses American popular music to teach 20th century U.S. history and American musicology. Students in his courses listen to songs to explore what they reveal about history. Miller's book project "Segregating Sound: Folklore, Phonographs, and the Transformation of Southern Music, 1888-1935," will examine historical struggles of race and culture through the lens of music.

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Jennifer McAndrew
Public Affairs Specialist, College of Liberal Arts

Christian Clarke Casarez
Director of Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts

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Assistant Professor Karl Miller

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