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Roy Brewer

Name: Roy Brewer
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Location: Memphis US 38117
Contact: (901) 282-5460
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Additional Info: Roy C. Brewer, Ph.D.
(901) 282-5460


Ph.D. Musicology, 1996
The University of Memphis
Dissertation: Professional Musicians in Memphis (1900 - 1950): A Tradition of Compromise

M.A. Musicology, 1992
The University of Memphis
Thesis: String Musicians in the Recording Studios of Memphis

B.A. Violin Performance, 1985
Memphis State University


Rudi Scheidt School of Music, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Music in America, 2007 to present
World Musical Styles, 2007 - 2016
Music Appreciation, 1999 - present
Aural Theory III, 1995
American Folk and Popular Music, 1994

Northwest Mississippi Community College, Southaven, MS
Music Appreciation, 2007 - present

School of Music, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Elvis: In Perspective, 2002 and 2003 summer sessions
(Created and developed course concept and structure)
Flamenco Guitar, 2003 summer session
(Created and developed course concept and structure)

Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Jackson, TN
String Specialist, 2002 taught private lessons, conducted student string ensemble


The Smithsonian Institute Scholarly Press. Echoes of Elvis: 2012

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World John Shepherd, Ed. (2003):
Two entries entitled: “Electric Bass Guitar” and “Rockabilly.”

Popular Music and Society 26/3 (2003):
“The Appearance of the Electric Bass Guitar: A Rockabilly Perspective.”

Popular Music 19/2 (2000):
“String Musicians in the Recording Studios of Memphis, Tennessee.”

American Music 17/3 (2000):
“The Use of Habanera Rhythm in Rockabilly Music.”

The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture (1998):
Entries entitled: “Vincent DeFrank,” “Noel Gilbert” and “Symphonies.”

The Journal Musicological Research 19/2 (2000):
Book review: The Late Great Johnny Ace

The World of Music 37/2 (1995):
Book review: Flamenco: Gypsy Dance and Music from Andalusia


Echoes of Elvis: Elvis Symposium, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., 2010.
“Elvis and the Birth of Rock & Roll.”

Delta Blues Symposium X: The 1950s, Jonesboro, Arkansas - 2004
“Rockabilly and the Bass: Upright or Electric?”

Oregon Festival of American Music, Eugene, Oregon - 2001
“The Train Image in Post War Southern Music.”

Society for Ethnomusicology (Southern and Caribbean Chapters), New Orleans - 2000
“Rockabilly Interpretations of Latin Rhythms.”

Delta Studies Symposium III: The Blues and Beyond, Jonesboro, Arkansas - 1997
“The Evolution of Freddie King's Performance Style.”

Delta Studies Symposium on the Blues: Jonesboro, Arkansas - 1995
“In Search of Africanisms: A Study of Herman Alexander (A Memphis Bluesman Better Known as ‘Alabama’).”

Sonneck Society Annual Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin - 1995
“The Musical Saw: Its General History, Performance Problems, and a Study of Two Mid South Sawyers.”
Fees: private lessons: $35 for 30 mins or $50 for 1hr I am currently teaching Violin Improv at Rhodes College, Memphis, and private lessons at Circle Music in Memphis. My fees for live performances vary.
Will Teach: Beginners, Intermediate Grades, Advanced Grades, Diploma / Higher Levels, Adult Beginners
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