Dr. Joice Gibson
Joice Waterhouse Gibson, Ph.D. has taught a variety of music history courses for music majors and non-majors at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Metropolitan State University of Denver over the past decade-plus. She completed her (second) bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) at Metropolitan State University of Denver studying voice and piano and earning multiple awards, including the Golden Key Senior Scholarship for outstanding academic performance, as well as several Colorado Scholars Music Talent awards and academic awards. She also participated in multiple vocal ensembles and played piano with the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.
After graduating from MSU Denver, Joice taught as an adjunct faculty member and co-developed, teaches, and coordinates the online Introduction to Music courses, of which there are now multiple sections, and was subsequently presented an award for Outstanding Online Educator for her innovations and teaching accomplishments. She also co-developed an Online Fundamentals of Music Theory course. Joice has also been a music advisor for the department and full-time classified staff and office manager.
Joice earned her Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Riis, combining her European and American historical musicology interests. She conducted a musical and cultural analysis of the English comic opera Inkle and Yarico from England to America, 1787-1844, particularly regarding issues of race, class, gender, and slavery.Earning a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Joice wrote her master’s thesis on transcultural music participation, which included ethnomusicological fieldwork study with local Balinese gamelan Tunas Mekar and Eastern-European vocal group Planina. While a graduate student, she received the Gordon Getty Scholarship and was a Research Assistant in the American Music Research Center (AMRC). Joice was also a Lead Graduate Teacher in the College of Music and a Lead Coordinator in the Arts and Humanities for the Graduate Teacher Program prior to accepting her current teaching post at MSU Denver.
Joice was the President of the College Music Society Rocky Mountain Chapter for several years and also serves as the Conference Manager for the Society for American Music. She has coordinated two Institutes for Pedagogies in World Music Theories for the College Music Society, directed by Dr. Brenda Romero of the University of Boulder. While a research assistant in the American Music Research Center, she also assisted with planning and managing several conferences, including an international symposium on Nadia Boulanger and American composers. She has presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences and has participated as an invited panelist at several national conferences.