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Joel Roberts

Music Librarian, Assistant Professor

Phone
901-678-4412
Fax
N/A
Office
Music Building, 115A
Office Hours
By appointment

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About

Professor Roberts joined the University of Memphis Libraries in 2015 and in July 2018 joined the University Libraries faculty. As Music Librarian, his primary duties include development of the music collection, music-specific library group instruction, and individual research consultations. As a member of the University Libraries’ faculty, he serves as liaison to other subject areas as needed. His research interests focus primarily on topics related to music in Memphis. Other research interests deal with the music traditions of both Ethiopia and Madagascar, in addition to performance practice of the theorbo.

Education

  • University of Memphis, Ph.D., Music, Musicology, Spring 2020
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, M.S., Information Sciences, Spring 2018 
  • University of Memphis, M.M., Musicology, Spring 2013
  • Defense Language Institute, Certificate of Training in Arabic, November 2004
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.M., Studio Music and Jazz, Spring 1999

Work Experience

  • Music Librarian, Assistant Professor, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, July 2018-Present
  • Library Assistant III, Music Library, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, October 2015-July 2018
  • Music Tour Guide, Backbeat Tours, Memphis, TN, February 2015-Present  
  • Graduate Assistant, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, September 2013-May 2015
  • Staff Sergeant, Airborne Cryptologic Linguist, United States Air Force, March 2003-March 2009

Research Interests

  • Memphis music
  • Lutes and theorbos
  • Conducting research using microfilm
  • Ethiopian music
  • Malagasy music

Publications

Conference Presentations

  • Hanson, J., Roberts, J. “Accepting Uncomfortable Truths: Understanding the Experiences of Black Doctoral Students in Music Education.” College of Communication and Fine Arts Research Showcase. University of Memphis, April 22, 2022. 
  • Hanson, J., Roberts, J. “A Qualitative Exploration of Black Doctoral Music Students’ Motivations, Experiences, and Information Literacy.” College Music Society Southern Chapter Conference. Cleveland, MS, February 18, 2022.
  • Roberts, J. “The Jewish American Contribution to Memphis’s Musical Legacy.” Scheidt Scholarly Seminar #2. University of Memphis, December 3, 2021. 
  • Baker, G., Dorsey, S., Johnson G., Roberts, J., Sheahan, L. “Chapter Share: Our Favorite Activities for Music Library Instruction.” Southeast Music Library Association Conference. Virtual Meeting. October 15, 2021. 
  • Roberts, J. “The Jewish-American Influence on Memphis Music.” Southeast Music Library Association Annual Conference. Virtual Meeting. October 15, 2021.
  • Roberts, J. “Something Borrowed, Something New: The Roots of Bob Miller and His Songs.” American Musicological Society Annual Conference. Virtual Meeting, November 14, 2020. 
  • Roberts, J. “Not to Be Taken Out of Context: The Persisting Usefulness of Microfilm” [Poster session]. Southeast Music Library Association Annual Conference. Virtual Meeting, October 16, 2020.
  • Roberts, J. “Diversifying the Portfolio: Engaging Non-Music Students as Music Librarians” [Poster session]. Music Library Association Annual Conference. Norfolk, VA, February 28, 2020. 
  • Roberts, J. “The Irving Berlin of Memphis: The Early Years of Bob Miller.” University of Memphis Libraries NEDtalks. Memphis, TN, November 13, 2019. 
  • Scott, R. & Roberts, J. “Do Your Students Know RISM from RILM?: Automate a Music Resource Matchmaker.” Music Library Association Annual Conference. Portland, OR, February 1, 2018. 
  • Roberts, J. “The Application of Vincenzo Galilei's Tendencies in Arranging Renaissance Madrigals for the Lute as Seen in Fronimo.” Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium. Athens, GA, September 14, 2013.

Outreach, Service & Membership 

  • Music Library Association, Career Development and Service Committee, member, 2019-2023
  • Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education, Editorial Board, 2020-Present

Teaching Experience: Courses Taught

  • Freshman Honors Forum, Fall 2021, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Freshman Honors Forum, Fall 2020, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • History of Rock and Roll, Fall 2013-Spring 2015, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • American Folk/Popular Music, Fall 2014, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Guest Lecturer

  • Bibliography and Research Methods, Fall 2021, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Freshman Seminar, Fall 2021, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • African American Music, Fall 2020, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
  • Blues, Fall 2020, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
  • Bibliography and Research Methods, Fall 2020, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • African American Music, Spring 2020, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
  • African American Music, Fall 2019, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
  • Bibliography and Research Methods, Fall 2019, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Bibliography and Research Methods, Spring 2019, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • African American Music, Spring 2019, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
  • Freshman Seminar, Fall 2019, Lecture on Memphis Music, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Bibliography and Research Methods, Fall 2018, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Freshman Seminar, Fall 2018, Lecture on Memphis Music, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • American Folk/Popular Music, Fall 2017, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Bibliography and Research Methods, Fall 2017, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Freshman Seminar, Fall 2017, Lecture on Memphis Music, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Bibliography and Research Methods, Fall 2016, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Honors & Awards

  • SEMLA Best-of-Chapter, “The Jewish-American Influence on Memphis Music.” Southeast Music Library Association Annual Conference, 2021
  • Community of Research Scholars Grant, “Memphis Film Community,” University of Memphis, 2019

Selected Ensembles and Recordings

  • Memphis Consortium for Early Music, 2020-Present, theorbo
  • Collegium Musicum, 2012-Present, University of Memphis, lute and theorbo
  • The Willards Band, Honky Tonk Ain’t Dead, 2011, lead guitar