I enjoy helping students realize that music has many dimensions and that the process of examining a piece of music can sometimes reveal an entirely new work.

Ryan Malone

Professor Ryan Malone, music, may be new to the Bucknell faculty, but he's a familiar face on campus. He was the artist affiliate in organ as well as director of the University Concert Chorale. In his role as a professor, Malone teaches music history and music theory.

"My goal is to lead students to a greater understanding of music in context," he says. "Notes and analysis are important, but context can tell us a very different story. It allows us to understand and appreciate many new things, including the function of a piece of music at a particular time in history."

The study of music is inherently interdisciplinary, according to Malone, who graduated from a liberal arts college and enjoys working with students who share the same ideals. "When I teach, I try to approach topics from different perspectives," he says. "I consider the perspectives of not just the composer, the performer and the audience, but also the patron, the cleric the instrument-maker."

His method of looking at music from different vantage points reveals new insights. "I enjoy helping students realize that music has many dimensions and that the process of examining a piece of music can sometimes reveal an entirely new work," he says.

Beyond the classroom, Malone composes, performs, conducts and researches early American music. His work includes preparation of critical editions of the complete works of early-American composer Johann Friedrich Peter for the Moravian Music Foundation. "As a graduate student I held a position at a Moravian church in North Carolina and fell in love with the music," he says.

It is the complete integration of teaching, research, performing, and composing that Malone finds exciting. "Each one informs the other," he says.

Posted Sept. 29, 2014

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