Dr. Connor Davis

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Dr. Connor Davis

Dr. Connor Davis

Assistant Professor of Music


Ph.D., Louisiana State University
M.A., Eastern Illinois University
M.Mus., Michigan State University
B.Mus., University of Arkansas


Dr. Connor Davis serves as Assistant Professor of Music at John Brown University where he oversees the music theory, musicianship, and music history sequences. He also directs the jazz combo and pep band as well as teaches private lessons in piano, improvisation, and composition. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Music Theory at Louisiana State University. His dissertation—“Thelonious Monk’s Prototypical Style: Close and Distant Readings of Jazz Stylings”—harnesses the power of machine learning to identify and define stylistic traits within the jazz genre and extrapolate defining characteristics of significant performers and performances, namely Thelonious Monk.

Dr. Davis' research interests include normativity in music, corpus studies, philosophy, empirical aesthetics, and the computational analysis of jazz performance practice and pedagogy.  He has presented nationally and internationally on the aforementioned topics and has publications in The Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition.

Dr. Davis enjoys endurance sports, coffee, spending time with students, and working together with his wife on their fixer-upper.