Dr. James Parsons



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • Ph D, University of North Texas, Music History; cognate in Music Theory
  • Bachelor of Music (BM), Florida State University, Music History


  • MUS 346: Music in Western culture & Society II
  • MUS 545: Music of the Classical Era
  • MUS 546: Music of the Romantic Era
  • MUS 685: Music of the Classical Era
  • MUS 686: Music of the Romantic Era
  • MUS 700: Intro. to Grad. Study in Music

Research and professional interests

  • Beethoven
  • The German Song (or Lied)
  • Music and Philosophy

Before joining the MSU music faculty in 1995, Dr. James Parsons taught at the University of North Texas and the University of Missouri, Columbia.  In 2004 he edited and contributed two essays to The Cambridge Companion to the Lied (Cambridge University Press). A frequent speaker at conferences in the United States, England, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Ireland, he has written on the music of Mozart, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Beethoven, Schubert, Hanns Eisler, and Ernst Krenek for such publications as Austrian Studies, Beethoven Forum, Early Music, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Film Music, Music Analysis, Music & Letters, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and Telos. He is at work on a book-length study of twentieth-century German song, a body of music known in German-speaking countries as the Lied. His research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship. Dr. Parsons teaches a wide range of courses at MSU including Music 345 and 346 (Music in Western Culture and Society I and II), Music 700 (Introduction to Graduate Study in Music), and upper-level music history seminars covering topics from the Middle Ages to the present.

Awards and honors

  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Missouri State University, July 2010
  • NEH Summer Seminar, Stanford University, June 2007
  • University Research Award, Missouri State University, 2006
  • University Research Fellow, Missouri State University, 2004-2007
  • Fellow, Tenth Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish civilization, Northwestern University, June 2005
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2002
  • Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar Exchange, September 2002