Tabor’s research is focused on composition theory and composition pedagogy. His specialty areas are jazz and experimental composition, as well as graphic notational systems, which he uses extensively in his own music.
Tabor feels that the most important element of the teacher-student dynamic is that everyone is a human being who brings something valuable to the table. Openness, authenticity, and the joy of "doing" music are first and foremost in his mind. Tabor has become an expert at boiling down complex concepts into a big-picture view that students can understand. Details are then categorized into concepts that relate directly to the big picture so that memorization and application are as practical as possible.
Tabor, Jerry N. (1999) Otto Laske: Navigating New Music Horizons. Greenwood Press.
Fall 2019MUSA 102 JAZZ ENSEMBLE & IMPROV (Fall 2019)Study and performance of a variety of jazz styles, including swing, bebop, cool, hard bop, contemporary, blues, fusion and Latin in big band and small and large combo contexts. Study and application of improvisation skills as an integral part of the ensemble experience. Open to all students and community players. Fulfills large ensemble requirement for music major and minor. Performance background, sight-reading skills preferred. Prerequisite: Placement audition required. Contact instructor immediately after registration. Three hours per week.MUSC 203 THEORY I (Fall 2019)Intermediate music fundamentals including rhythm, basic melodic and harmonic relationships, voice leading, harmonic functions and basic composition. Prior knowledge of music notation, key signatures, scales, and triads recommended. Prerequisite: MUSC 201 and permission of instructor for non-music majors. Three hours per week.MUSC 303 THEORY III (Fall 2019)Study of chromatic harmonies and their voice leading tendencies and modulation with added emphasis on analysis, composition and musical interpretation. Prerequisite: MUSC 204 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.MUSC 490 DIRECT INDEPENDENT STUDY (Fall 2019)Tutorial in any area of music; open to seniors and graduate students. May include continuation of a skills development program begun in the lower-level independent study course, or any type of individual research in music not normally included in courses offered by the department, or individual study of an area needed for teacher certification but not offered by the department in the current semester. Approval in writing of department chair and supervising faculty member prior to registration, with the area of study to be specified in writing. May be repeated for a maximum of eight credits. Hours vary, up to 4 hours per week.Spring 2020MUMT 400 MUSIC ACOUSTICS (Spring 2020)Provides a broad overview of various aspects of musical acoustics, a very unique area of study where both science and music unite. Explores the science of sound and how the ear responds to it. Explores the study of sound generated from various types of musical instruments, the human voice, real world acoustical experiences, electronic generated sound and their application to musical acoustics. Prerequisites: PHYS 121. Three hours per week.MUSA 102 JAZZ ENSEMBLE & IMPROV (Spring 2020)Study and performance of a variety of jazz styles, including swing, bebop, cool, hard bop, contemporary, blues, fusion and Latin in big band and small and large combo contexts. Study and application of improvisation skills as an integral part of the ensemble experience. Open to all students and community players. Fulfills large ensemble requirement for music major and minor. Performance background, sight-reading skills preferred. Prerequisite: Placement audition required. Contact instructor immediately after registration. Three hours per week.MUSC 204 THEORY II (Spring 2020)Continuation of MUSC 203 with added emphasis on voice leading with complex diatonic chords, localized musical formal features, non-chord tones, analysis and composition. Prerequisite: MUSC 203 or approval of instructor. Three hours per week.MUSC 304 THEORY IV (Spring 2020)Theories of advanced chromaticism in late Romantic and twentieth-century music. Study of analytical and compositional techniques used to interpret uniquely structured neotonal, nontonal, and atonal music. Prerequisite: MUSC 303 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
- Artistic Highlights
- Service Activities and Community Relations
Owner and President, Neuma Records & Publications:
In 2013, Tabor took the helm of the respected independent contemporary music label, Neuma Records. As an advocate of living composers and contemporary music, in general, he expanded Neuma to include a contemporary music publishing house. Neuma focuses on important music by both men and woman that Tabor believes have or will have a profound impact on the field from an historical perspective. Neuma is also now the only company in the world that publishes electroacoustic music as independent works of art on par with acoustic compositional scores.
- External Collaboration Highlights
Believing strongly that women composers are significantly underrepresented in the field, Tabor forged a partnership between Neuma and the “I Resound Press” archive of women composers, curated by Dr. Linda Dusman at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Some of the important women composers Tabor publishes are Annea Lockwood, Eleanor Hovda, Ruth Lomon, Linda Dusman, and Anna Rubin.
- Press Releases
SU presents 'Oh, What Fun: A Family Festival of Music'
Monday, November 12, 2018
New Music Salisbury Concert Highlights Faculty, Students Mar. 30
Thursday, March 30, 2017
SU's Tabor Discusses Composition 'Frieze' Friday, April 15
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
'New Music Salisbury' Concert Scheduled Thursday, May 1
Monday, April 28, 2014
'Celebrate the Sounds' at SU's Winter Music Festival November 24-December 7
Thursday, November 14, 2013
SU Winter Music Festival Presents 'Notes From All Over' December 2-9
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
SU Music Festival Presents 'A Musical Fantasy' May 5-12
Thursday, May 03, 2012
SU Presents 'Fa La La La Fusion' Music Festival December 4-10
Friday, November 18, 2011
Tabor Discusses 'Jazz as Fusion' Wednesday, November 30
Friday, November 18, 2011
SU Composers Showcase 'New Music Salisbury' Monday, May 9
Friday, May 06, 2011
SU Hosts Annual Winter Music Festival December 2-11
Friday, November 19, 2010
'New Music Salisbury' Features SU Faculty Compositions Friday, October 22
Monday, October 18, 2010
SU Jazz Brazz Big Band and Jazz Conzeption Perform Dec. 7
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
'Four for the Season' Music Festival Celebrates Holidays
Friday, November 17, 2006