Anthony BushardAssociate Professor of Music History, Area Head for Academic Studies
Area of Focus: Music History
Anthony J. Bushard received a B.A. in music (piano) from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, as well as a M.M. and Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the American Musicological Society, College Music Society, Society for American Music, Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and a two-time recipient of the Milton Steinhardt Scholarship in musicology at the University of Kansas. Also while at KU, he was a harpsichordist for the KU Collegium Musicum and the Spencer Consort.
Dr. Bushard's research interests are in Contemporary American music with a special focus on jazz, blues, and film music, and he was recognized for his work with the Hixson-Lied College’s Junior Faculty Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activity (2014). His masters research deals with the jazz and blues club scene in Kansas City during the 1930s. Furthermore, he has published sections of that research in the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Second Edition. Currently, he is expanding the scope of this topic, seen at the Mediating Jazz Conference (Manchester, England; 2009) and forthcoming in the Jazz Research Journal (2019) and Documenting Jazz Conference (Birmingham, England; 2020). Dr. Bushard has also collaborated with the UNL Jazz Orchestra and the UNL Big Band in their "historical concerts." The results of this partnership have been presented at the Leeds International Jazz Education Conference (Leeds, England; 2012), Echoes of Ellington Conference (Austin, Texas; 2009), International College Music Society Conference (Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik, Croatia; 2009), and was featured in the Journal of Music History Pedagogy (Spring 2013).
Dr. Bushard's dissertation, entitled Fear and Loathing in Hollywood: Representations of Fear, Paranoia, and Individuality vs. Conformity in Selected Film Music of the 1950s, considers the musicodramatic implications of the scores for High Noon (1952), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), and On the Waterfront (1954) alongside sociopolitical undercurrents of the 1950s. This work is featured in the Journal of Film Music, Studies in Musical Theatre, College Music Symposium, Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront: A Film Score Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2013) and Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age (Oxford University Press, 2015). He has also published reviews in Notes, the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, American Music, and the Journal of the Society for American Music. More recently, Dr. Bushard authored chapters on The Doors and Pearl Jam for The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World for ABC-CLIO/Greenwood (2016) and he is currently working on Listen to Grunge! Exploring a Musical Genre also for ABC-CLIO/Greenwood. Further, he collaborated with Dr. Brian Moore to write Music as Art, Discipline, and Profession, an interactive iPad textbook for students enrolled in MUSC 160 (Music as Art, Discipline, and Profession) now in its seventh edition. For this curricular collaboration, Dr. Bushard was awarded the Hixson-Lied Leadership Award in Curriculum or Programmatic Development (2016).
Dr. Bushard has also presented his work at meetings of the College Music Society, Society for American Music, and American Musicological Society, as well as more specialized film and jazz symposia, at the regional, national, and international levels. A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Dr. Bushard has taught previously at the University of Kansas and The University of Missouri, Kansas City. At UNL he teaches courses in Jazz History, Film Music, World Music, American Music, and a course for the Glenn Korff School of Music's newest undergraduate students entitled Music as Art, Discipline, and Profession.