Arthur Jones

Arthur Jones

  • Biographical Description

    • Effective September 1, 2016, I have been appointed as a full-time Teaching Professor in the Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Theory Department at the DU Lamont School of Music ( Previously, I served as a Clinical Professor in the DU Psychology Department for 18 years (Fall 1991- Spring 2009), and subsequently as a Clinical Professor and Associate dean at DU's Colorado Women's College for seven years (Fall 2009 - Spring 2016). 

      Combining my skills and experiences as a professional psychologist, community worker and trained singer, my scholarship and teaching in recent years have centered on the psychological and cultural functions of African American music, and on the cultural and psychological interconnections between issues of ethnic identity, power and privilege.

      In 1998, I founded The Spirituals Project, a non-profit organization that works to preserve and revitalize the music and teachings of the sacred folk songs called "spirituals," created and first sung by African Americans in slavery. The Spirituals Project is a past recipient of the Denver Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and is now a formal program at Lamont, also effective September 1, 2016, when M. Roger Holland II ( will begin a new position as the first Faculty Director of The Spirituals Project in its official new home at DU.

      In addition to my work with The Spirituals Project, I have presented solo concerts, lectures, and workshops on spirituals throughout the United States, and am the author of the award-winning book, Wade in the Water: The Wisdom of the Spirituals, now in its third edition.


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  • Contact Information

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      Office phone: 303-871-3795

      Mobile phone: 303-638-4978

      Mailing address:

      Arthur C. Jones, Ph.D.

      Teaching Professor
      Department of Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Theory (MET)

      Lamont School of Music, University of Denver

      Newman Performing Arts Center, Room 318

      2344 East Iliff Avenue

      Denver, Colorado 80208



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