About Me

John MacInnis

John MacInnis
Assistant Professor of Music

Phone: (712) 722-6202

My classes at Dordt College engage music analytically, historically, and culturally. Considered broadly, my work compliments private voice lessons and orchestra rehearsal by expanding how students understand and communicate about music. My goal is to keep topics rooted in useful, real-life experience. For example, in our four-semester music theory sequence, students use computer notation programs to compose projects ranging from twelve-bar blues to film scores. In music history, students present semester-long research projects and perform period compositions. And, in our class on world music cultures, students engage the music of China, India, and the African continent, in addition to experiences performing a Javanese gamelan.

As a keyboardist, I play both the piano and organ. I especially enjoy learning new literature and performing chamber music with friends and colleagues.

I believe that pursuing my own research projects strengthens my work in the classroom. My interests include music studied as a liberal art in Antiquity through the Middle Ages, music and media, and music comedians. I've enjoyed opportunities to conduct research in the Library of Congress, the New York Philharmonic Archive, the National Library and Archives of Canada, and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Bavarian State Library in Munich, Germany.

Recent Publications:
Forthcoming Book Review: Mendelssohn, the Organ, and the Music of the Past: Constructing Historical Legacies. Edited by Jurgen Thym. (Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association).
"Augustine's De Musica in the 21st Century Music Classroom." (Religions, Vol. 6:1, 2015).

American Musicological Society
American Guild of Organists
College Music Society
National Association of Schools of Music

Ph.D., Musicology, Florida State University
M.Mus., Historical Musicology, Florida State University