Meet Dr. Check

by Emily Jordan

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John Check holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from Yale. His dissertation explored the uses of compound melody in jazz improvisations. Before coming to the University of Central Missouri, he taught theory and aural skills at Lawrence University (WI). His teachers include Michael Pisaro, Allen Forte, and
Frank Crisafulli.

Check’s articles and reviews have appeared in Studies in Music from
the University of Western Ontario, NOTES, The Saxophone Symposium, The Instrumentalist, and the ITEA Journal. He has read papers at the annual meetings of the College Music Society, the American Musical Instrument Society, MACRO, the Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable, and the Missouri Philological Association. In addition, he has presented talks and participated in performances at the National Music Museum at the
University of South Dakota. He has articles forthcoming in Gamut and
Musical Insights. Theory pedagogy and musical form are his main
scholarly interests.

He is the trombonist with Central Brass, the music department’s
faculty brass quintet. With the trio of Luehrman, Shaffer, & Check, he
plays mainly string bass.

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