Music History and Literature Faculty

Tom Owens

Music History and Literature
Coordinator: Dr. Thomas Owens


  • James Carroll

    Professor of JAZZ STUDIES and Director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Professor Jim Carroll has a versatile background ranging from tours with Michael Jackson to Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd.  Jim received both his Undergraduate and Graduate training from Indiana University under the tutelage of David Baker and Eugene Rousseau.
  • Dennis Cole


    Dennis Cole is a recognized authority of American Studies, whose primary research interest centers on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, along with various vernacular and popular musical traditions from the United States and Canada.
  • Emily Green

    Associate Professor, MUSIC HISTORY, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA
    Faculty Fellow for Curricular Innovation, CVPA

    Dr. Emily H. Green enjoys scholarship on a number of areas of music history. Her first interest in musicology concerns strategies of music publishing and marketing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century western Europe and America.
  • Edward Knoeckel

    Adjunct Faculty, MUSIC IN FILM, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Edward Knoeckel is a composer, pianist, music educator and conductor. As an educator, he has developed curriculum for community summer arts programs, public education, as well as having held university and college faculty positions in music theory, American music history, music for dance, music for motion pictures, as well as performance practice.
  • John Kocur

    Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies, SAXOPHONE, Jazz Workshop, Jazz Studies, Jazz History, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Saxophonist, composer, and educator John Kocur is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at George Mason University. He previously taught at Northern Virginia Community College where he directed the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble. He serves as a saxophonist with the 257th Army Band of the D.C. National Guard, “the Band of the Nation’s Capital.”
  • Thomas Owens

    Associate Director/Associate Professor, Coordinator of MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Dr. Tom C. Owens is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music History and Literature at George Mason University.  Internationally regarded as an expert on Charles Ives’s life and music, he is the editor of Selected Correspondence of Charles Ives (Univ. of California Press, 2007) and a member of the board of the Charles Ives Society.
  • Associate Professor and Director of GRADUATE STUDIES and ETHNOMUSICOLOGY, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Dr. Gregory Joseph Robinson is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Ethnomusicology at George Mason University’s School of Music. He received the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.