I am preparing two websites: (1) on the life and preaching of Reverend C.L. Franklin and (2) a multimedia interactive fiction titled The Virtual Folk Festival. I research the musical cultures of Old Regular Baptists, old-time fiddling and blues. I am writing a book on music, sound and sustainability, and co-editing the Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology. I also write fiction and compose and perform music. Please visit for the most up to date information.

Overview  |  Research  |  Grants/Awards  |  Teaching  |  Publications


Jeff Todd Titon received the B.A. from Amherst College, and the M.A. (English) and Ph.D. (American Studies) from the University of Minnesota, where he studied ethnomusicology with Alan Kagan, writing his dissertation on blues music. He has done fieldwork on religious folk music, blues, and old-time fiddling, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For two years he was the guitarist in the Lazy Bill Lucas Blues Band, a group that appeared in the 1970 Ann Arbor Blues Festival; in the 1980s he took up the fiddle and banjo, and most of his music-making today involves old-time string band music from the upper South. He also repairs and restores violins. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Early Downhome Blues (1977; 2nd edition, University of North Carolina Press, 1994), which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award; Worlds of Music (five editions since 1984, with translations into Italian and Chinese); Powerhouse for God (a book, record, and documentary film); and most recently Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes (University Press of Kentucky, 2001), and American Musical Traditions, (Gale, 2002). His work in applied ethnomusicology was the subject of an interview by John Fenn in the fall, 2003 issue of Folklore Forum. In 1991 he pioneered in writing a hypertext-multimedia computer program on old-time Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport that is still regarded as a model for weblike interactive computer representations of people making music. His current projects include ongoing fieldwork with Old Regular Baptists in eastern Kentucky, with whom he has produced two CDs for Smithsonian Folkways (1997 and 2003); a website on the life and preaching of the Rev. C. L. Franklin, father of the singer Aretha Franklin, which will include video footage of his chanted sermons; writings on music, sound and sustainability (see and fiction writing. From 1990 to 1995 he was editor of Ethnomusicology,, the Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology. He is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. His teaching began at Tufts University, where he was assistant professor of English, then associate professor of English and music. He has been a visiting professor at Carleton College, Amherst College, Berea College, the University of Maine, and Indiana University. From 1986-2013 he was professor of music (ethnomusicology) at Brown, retiring from classroom teaching in 2013 while continuing research, lecturing, and publications.

Curricum Vitae

Download Jeff Todd Titon's Curriculum Vitae in PDF Format

Foam Gnome © Jeff Titon 2005

JEFF TODD TITON, B.A., Amherst College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Professor Emeritus of Music
Music Department

E-mail: Jeff_Titon@Brown.EDU

Jeff Todd Titon's Brown Research URL:

On The Web:
Blog on Music and Sustainability

Collaborators at other institutions:
John Wallhausser (Religion Dept., Emeritus, Berea College, KY), and Elwood Cornett (Blackey, KY) collaborate with me on research on Old Regular Baptists' lined hymnody, southeastern Kentucky; Nick Salvatore (History Dept., Cornell University) collaborates with me on research on Rev. C.L. Franklin's life and musical preaching; Svanibor Pettan (musicologist, University of Lubljana, Slovenia), is collaborating with me on the Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology.

Are you Jeff Todd Titon? Click here to edit your research profile.

Back to search page

Back to search results

Research at Brown: The Directory of Research and Researchers: Research Profile Brown Research home page
Contact Us Search