Dr. Larry Arnold
Associate Professor, Music Department
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke



Dr. Larry Arnold is Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He teaches music theory, electronic music and composition. He directs the Jazz Choir, large and small Jazz Ensembles and is the coordinator of Jazz Studies. He also serves statewide as Secretary of the North Carolina Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education and as a founding member of the UNC Digital Content Consortium.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in piano performance, Arnold attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a music composition student. While at UW he studied with Stephen Dembski, Joseph Straus and Joel Naumann, and was awarded a Graduate Fellowship to study Medieval and Renaissance music theory with a focus on the Ballate of Francesco Landini. He was also a founding member of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composition and premiered works by fellow composers at statewide conferences of that organization.
While pursuing studies (Ph.D., Music Composition) at the University of Iowa, several of Dr. Arnold's jazz compositions were broadcast on Iowa Public Radio, and he performed extensively with the jazz groups Easy Parking, Johnson County Landmark, The Chromatics and Jade. His music composition teachers were D. Martin Jenni, William Hibbard, Kenneth Gaburo and Richard Hervig. At the University of Iowa his duties included teaching honors sections of music theory, serving as operations manager for the UI Center for New Music, and a stint as administrative assistant to the Chair of the Music Theory and Composition Department. His works were premiered by St. Mark’s Methodist Church, the UI Lutheran Campus Ministries, the UI Center for New Music and the Midwest Composers Consortium (a collaboration of five Big Ten music departments and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music).

Recently Dr. Arnold has co-founded the UNC Pembroke Media Integration Project with Dr. John Labadie (Art) and George Johnson (Mass Communications). The UNCP Media Integration Project focuses on the creative use of computer technology in an interdisciplinary, student-centered environment.  Dr. Arnold is now developing multimedia titles on North Carolina music topics. "A Jazz Scrapbook: The Musical Life of James Lauder Morgan" and "Dizzy Gillespie and the Musical Activities of the Laurinburg Institute" are two titles already in production in the series. The UNCP Media Integration Project has also received a grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation of California.


Ph.D.; May 1990, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Music Composition

Master of Music; May 1985, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. Music Composition

Bachelor of Music; May 1979, The University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska. Piano Performance

Professional Experiences

Associate Professor of Music; August 2001-present, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
 Jazz Studies, Media Integration, Music Theory, Music Composition

Assistant Professor of Music; August 1990-May 2001, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
 Music Theory, Music Composition, Jazz Choir, Guitar, Piano

Teaching Assistant; August 1985-May 1990, The University of Iowa
 Musicianship and Theory

Teaching Assistant; August 1982-May 1985, The University of Wisconsin-Madison
 Music Theory, Music Fundamentals

Instructor; March 1980-December 1980, The University of Nebraska-Omaha, College of Continuing Studies

Instructor Aide; August 1979-May 1980, The University of Nebraska-Omaha
 Music Theory

Choir Accompanist; August 2000-present, Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Aberdeen, NC

Musical Director/Pianist; 1998-present, Sandhills Theater Company productions
 “Gypsy,” “Peter Pan,” “Anything Goes,” “Nunsense”

Freelance Performer; ongoing self employment averaging 60 performances per year

Professional Affiliations

College Art Association, Southeastern College Art Conference, American Anthropological Association, Society for Visual Anthropology Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, American Print Alliance, International Association of Computer Graphics, Southern Graphics Council.

Recent Commissions, Compositions, Presentations

Presenting Jazz: Multimedia in General Education; January, 2003, 30th Annual Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education, Toronto, Canada
Harold Arlen: The Wizard of Music; May 2002, musical revue for Sandhills Theater Company
Shaman (yellow); December 2001, digital video/audio with Dr. John Labadie, UNCP Art Department
J is for Jessica, J is for Jazz; May 2001, chamber work for viola and 2 guitars
Psalm 84-Homecoming; September 2000, choir anthem for Bethesda Presbyterian Church
Suite for Trumpet and Bass; May 2000, chamber work One Way to Go; May 2000, jazz combo
We Walk By Faith; May 1998, choir anthem for Bethesda Presbyterian Church
Professional Associations
North Carolina Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education: August 2000-present, secretary
International Association for Jazz Education
Association for Technology in Music Instruction
Society for Music Theory
Music Theory Southeast
SMT Jazz
Presbyterian Association of Musicians
Music Educators National Conference
American Federation of Musicians

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