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Jesse Michael Kinne

Title: Adjunct Instructor
Office: 5218 Emery Hall
Tel: 513-556-6046
Email: jesse.kinne@uc.edu


Jesse Kinne is a PhD candidate in Music Theory at CCM, and holds a Master’s in Theory Pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music. Kinne’s dissertation develops an analytic theory of groove, unpacking both the structure and perception of rhythmic counterpoint. His research focuses on rock music, issues of temporality, rhythmic structure and the perception of musical structure in general. Secondary areas of of interest include video game music, the pedagogy of music theory and philosophy.

Kinne joined the Commercial Music Production (CMP) program as an instructor in the Fall of 2016, but has been at CCM since 2012. Kinne has taught all of the core music theory and applied musicianship courses in CCM’s undergraduate regimen, into which his pedagogical materials on asymmetrical rhythms and meters have been woven. Kinne developed a music theory tutoring program in 2014, and in 2016 helped to oversee its formal adoption by the university. He has recently taught original courses on Dave Matthews Band, Video Game Music and the History of Rock and Jazz. In the Spring of 2017, Kinne offered a course on the analysis of groove (based on his dissertation).

Kinne is a board member of the Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games, is a regional student representative for the Music Theory Midwest Society, and was a member of the 2017 program committee for the Rocky Mountain Society of Music Theory, whose Best Student Paper Award he received in 2016. Primarily a rock drummer, Kinne also plays the Hindustani tabla, recently placing as semi-finalist for a Fulbright grant to India. In his spare time he likes to play Path of Exile, compose music and design his own tabletop games.

Office: 5218 Mary Emery Hall