Joan Titus

Joan Titus

  • Associate Professor
  • Music - Musicology
  • 252 Music Building
  • 336-334-3301

Joan Titus, Associate Professor in Musicology, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Musicology with concentrations in Film Studies and Russian Studies from the Ohio State University; and a B.A. in Music History from the University of Arizona, with a minor in Art History. Her research topics include music in screen media, cultural politics, and music and gender. Her most current projects address cultural histories of scoring for Soviet cinema, global identities in music and cinema, and women’s musical performance in contemporary Morocco.

Dr. Titus is currently working on several projects on Russian cinema/sound/music, including a trilogy of books on Dmitry Shostakovich’s film music career. The first of these books, The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich (Oxford University Press, 2016) examines narration and politics in Shostakovich’s early film scores. The next two books address Shostakovich’s film music career during Stalinism, and during the Thaw and Stagnation through 1971. She also has published on filmed opera, and transnational musics in Southwest Native American dance cultures. Dr. Titus frequently gives scholarly and invited presentations at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, including the American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, International Musicological Society, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2017–2018), NEH Summer Stipend (2016), the AMS 75 PAYS Publication Subvention, multiple fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS), and other institutional awards.

Dr. Titus has taught a diverse range of graduate seminars and undergraduate courses on Russian and Soviet music, music and cinema, music and politics, music of the world, history of rock, and music of the Western European/American traditions. She developed the undergraduate UNCG General Education course “Music for Film,” and teaches graduate seminars on music and media, music in Russia, and transnational politics and music in Russia, United States, and North Africa. She also currently serves as an editor for Musicology Now, the online platform for the American Musicological Society; and curates the Irna Priore Music and Culture Lecture Series at UNCG. She has served as co-president of the Sound and Music Studies SIG for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

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Courses Taught at UNCG

Graduate Courses

  • Music 526, Overview of Western Music History
  • Music 602, Seminar in Music Research and Writing
  • Music 606 Research Seminar, “Music and Image”
  • Music 606, Research Seminar, “Music and Politics in the Russian/Soviet Imaginary”
  • Music 606, Research Seminar, “Musical Narrative in African and American Film”
  • Music 606B, Research Seminar, “Music and Narrative”
  • Music 606C, Research Seminar, “Soviet/Russian Film Music”
  • Music 606, Research Seminar, “Shostakovich and Film”
  • Music 686, Music of the Twentieth Century (Focus: Music and Media)
  • Music 706, Research Seminar, “Music and Media”
  • Music 706, Research Seminar, “Music and Cinema”

Undergraduate Courses

  • Music 120, Freshman Listening Seminar
  • International and Global Studies 213, Introduction to Russian Studies
  • Music 242, Music for Film
  • Music 332, History of Western Music II for music majors
  • Music 333, History of Western Music III for music majors
  • Music 486, Music of the Twentieth Century (Focus: Music and Media)
  • Music 492, Capstone Seminar in Music Studies