Joel Haney holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Yale University, an M.M. in Trumpet from the University of Minnesota, and a B.M. (summa cum laude) from Saint Olaf College. He joined the CSU-Bakersfield Music Department in the fall of 2006, where he teaches music history (art-music surveys, period courses, opera, and American music) and music appreciation in the Music Major, General Education, and Honors curricula and directs a flourishing chamber music program. He also gives music-oriented lectures to the broader Bakersfield community and delivers annual prep lectures to high school students from across California who are participating in the United States Academic Decathlon.
Dr. Haney's scholarly research centers on the historical interpretation and analysis of German art music from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His 2006 dissertation situates Paul Hindemith's immediate post-World War I compositional development amid debates over the future of German musical modernism and musical "Germanness" itself. In doing so, it stresses Hindemith's indebtedness to the non-German modernist projects of Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, and Béla Bartók. A more recent scholarly interest lies in applying insights from philosophical hermeneutics and phenomenology to better understand the act of experiencing music.
Dr. Haney has presented his work at numerous national and international conferences and has published on Hindemith and Felix Mendelssohn in The Journal of Musicology, 19th-Century Music, and the Hindemith-Jahrbuch. He has also authored the Hindemith entry in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music. Among the awards and honors he has received are the Hollace Anne Schafer Award from the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society, a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Scholarship for research in Germany, dissertation fellowships from Yale University, and membership in the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. Dr. Haney currently serves as Vice President of the Pacific-Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society.
- Courses (CSU - Bakersfield )
- Music 101: Understanding and Appreciation of Music.
- Music 201: Survey of Music History I (Middle Ages to 1730).
- Music 202: Survey of Music History II (1730 to present).
- Music 220/420: Chamber Music (coaching).
- Music 295: America's Musical Life (for the CSUB Honors Program).
- Music 380: Opera.
- Music 395: Music in America.
- Music 482: The Romantic Period and Impressionism.
- Music 483: Music of the Early Twentieth Century.
- "Hindemith, Paul," In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music. Ed. Bruce Gustafson. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
- "Hindemith's French Connection: An Alliance Made in Wartime," Hindemith-Jahrbuch 2010/XXXIX.
- "Slaying the Wagnerian Monster: Hindemith, Das Nusch-Nuschi, and Music Germanness after the Great War," he Journal of Musicology XXV/4 (Fall 2008).
- "Navigating Sonata Space in Mendelssohn's Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt," 19th-Century Music XXVIII/2 (Fall 2004).