Faculty Profile

Brian Wright

Brian Wright

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology
College
College of Music

    

Education

PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 2018.
Major: Musicology
Dissertation Title: How the Electric Bass Became the Norm: An Alternative History of American Popular Music, 1951-1964
MA, University of Nevada, Reno, 2013.
Major: Music
Degree Specialization: Musicology
Dissertation Title: The View From the Bottom: Cultural Explorations of the Electric Bass
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011.
Major: Music History

Current Scheduled Teaching*

MUGC 6950.736, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2024
MUMH 5010.001, Introduction to Research in Music, Spring 2024 Syllabus
MUCS 3000.001, Seminar in Critical Studies in Music and Society, Spring 2024 Syllabus

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

MUGC 6950.733, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2023
MUMH 5010.002, Introduction to Research in Music, Fall 2023 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 6000.002, Seminar in Musicology, Fall 2023 Syllabus SPOT
MUGC 6950.736, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2023
MUMH 5010.001, Introduction to Research in Music, Spring 2023 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 5440.001, Music in the United States, Spring 2023 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 6900.704, Special Problems, Spring 2023
MUGC 6950.733, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2022
MUMH 2060.001, History of Rock, Fall 2022 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 5010.002, Introduction to Research in Music, Fall 2022 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 4920.701, Senior Thesis in Music History, Fall 2022
MUMH 5010.001, Introduction to Research in Music, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 6000.002, Seminar in Musicology, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 4900.700, Special Problems, Spring 2022
MUGC 6950.733, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2021
MUMH 2060.001, History of Rock, Fall 2021 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 5010.002, Introduction to Research in Music, Fall 2021 Syllabus SPOT
MUTH 5375.001, Analytical Techniques for Popular Music, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 5010.001, Introduction to Research in Music, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
MUGC 5950.726, Master's Thesis, Spring 2021
MUMH 5440.001, Music in the United States, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 5010.001, Introduction to Research in Music, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
MUGC 5950.705, Master's Thesis, Fall 2020
MUMH 6000.002, Seminar in Musicology, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 5010.001, Introduction to Research in Music, Spring 2020 Syllabus
MUMH 5440.001, Music in the United States, Spring 2020 Syllabus
MUMH 5010.001, Introduction to Research in Music, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
MUMH 6770.001, Music of the Twentieth Century, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapter
Wright, B. F. (2023). Elvis Presley in Las Vegas: The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the City of Second Chances. Viva Las Vegas: Music and Myth in America’s City of Second Chances.
Wright, B. F. (2014). "Transvaluing Adam Clayton: Why the Bass Matters in U2's Music". U2 Above, Across, and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Assessments. 17-30. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Press.
Book Review
Wright, B. (2021). Review of Kick It: A Social History of the Drum Kit. Notes, Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association. 77(3), 421-424.
Wright, B. F. (2019). “Review of The Banjo: America’s African Instrument by Laurent Dubois”. Asian Journal of Latin American Studies. 58(No. 1), 118. https://journals.ku.edu/amerstud/issue/view/1269
Wright, B. F. (2017). “Review of Knowing Jazz by Ken Prouty and School for Cool by Eitan Y. Wilf”. Journal of the Society for American Music. 11(2), 227-232.
Wright, B. F. (2016). “Review of Networks of Sound, Style, and Subversion: The Punk and Post-Punk Worlds of Manchester, London, Liverpool, and Sheffield, 1975-1980, by Nick Crossley”. Other. 72(4), 746-748.
Wright, B. F. (2014). “Review of Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease, by James Kennaway”. Other. 71(2), 305-307.
Wright, B. F. (2013). “Review of Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment, by Mark Pedelty”. Environmental Values. 22(3), 432-434.
Wright, B. F. (2012). “Review of Grunge: Music and Memory, by Catherine Strong”. Other.
Critical Review
Wright, B. F. (2016). “Review of Jaco: The Film (directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak) and Jaco: Original Soundtrack”. 9(3), 319-324.
Wright, B. F. (2014). “Review of Under African Skies (directed by Joe Berlinger)”. Other. 1(1), 109-13.
Encyclopedia Article
Wright, B. F., Sheets, A., Bacon, T. (2020). "Electric Bass Guitar". Grove Music Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wright, B. F., Martin, A. R., Mihalka, M. (2020). "Folkways Records". Music Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
Wright, B. F., Martin, A. R., Mihalka, M. (2020). "Nordic Jazz". Music Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
Journal Article
Wright, B. F. (2023). Introduction: What Kenny G Can Teach Us About Jazz. Other.
Wright, B. (2023). Forum: “Revisiting Kenny G”. Other.
Wright, B., Coddington, A., Mall, A. (2021). Looking Towards the Future: Popular Music Studies and Music Scholarship. Other. 18(1), 3-70. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/twentieth-century-music/issue/E985ABBC201D432986E7EB44664FB4E6
Wright, B., Coddington, A., Mall, A. (2021). Looking Towards the Future: Popular Music Studies and Music Scholarship: Introduction. Other. 18(1), 3-11. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478572220000237
Wright, B., Coddington, A., Mall, A. (2020). Conference Report: ‘The Future of Pop: Big Questions Facing Popular Music Studies in the 21st Century,’ AMS Pre-Conference Symposium. Other. 32(3), .
Wright, B. (2020). Jaco Pastorius, the Electric Bass, and the Struggle for Jazz Credibility. Other. University of California Press.
Wright, B. F. (2019). "Reconstructing the History of Motown Session Musicians: The Carol Kaye / James Jamerson Controversy". Journal of the Society for American Music. 13(1), 78-109. New York, New York: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1752196318000536
Wright, B. F. (2015). "'A Bastard Instrument': The Fender Precision Bass, Monk Montgomery, and Jazz in the 1950s". Other. 8(3), 281-303. Taylor & Francis. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17494060.2015.1085888
Magazine/Trade Publication
Wright, B. F. (2016). “Eugene Grew, Long-Lost Motown Session Master”. 84-87.
Webpage
Wright, B. F. (2014). “Interview with Peter Roller, author of Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock”. Other. IASPM-US Interview Series.

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
Wright, B. F., "Small Grants Award," University of North Texas, $1000 Funded. (2024).
Wright, B., "Charles Hamm Fellowship," Sponsored by Society for American Music, National, $2000 Funded. (20212021).
Wright, B., "Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant," University of North Texas, $5000 Funded. (20202020).
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