Faculty Profile

Jim Hontz

Contributing Faculty in Music (guitar)

Contact Information

hontz@dickinson.edu

Weiss Center for the Arts Room 214
717.245.1653

Bio

James Hontz Guitarist 159 W. Evergreen St. West Grove, PA 19390 610.345.0961 jphontz@prodigy.net “especially persuasive”—Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun Guitarist James Hontz studied at the New School of Music and received his B.M. degree in Guitar performance and M.M. degree in Guitar Performance/Music History from Temple University. In March of 2006, he graduated from the Peabody Institute of Music at the Johns Hopkins University with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance. Currently, Dr. Hontz in of the faculties of Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), Gettysburg College, Frederick Community College, and Harford Community College. He has served as a past President of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. In addition to his many solo appearances, Dr. Hontz has appeared as a featured soloist with Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Ocean City Symphony (New Jersey), and the York Symphony (Pennsylvania). He was invited by the Malarmé Chamber Players (based in Durham North Carolina) to conduct residency in Landrum, South Carolina for the public school district. As an accompanist for the Gettysburg College Choir, Dr. Hontz participated in tours of Brazil and the northeastern US. Along with flutist Kelly McDermott, the Hontz-McDermott Duo was broadcast in a live performance/interview on WNYC in New York City and toured the Midwest. Recently, Dr. Hontz collaborated with renowned composer Libby Larsen to arrange her work for choir and orchestra, “Crowding North,” for choir and guitar.

Education

  • B.M., Temple University, 1988
  • M.M., Guitar Performance, 1991
  • M.M., Music History, 1995
  • D.M.A., The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, 2006

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

MUPS 111 Guitar Class
Permission of Instructor Required No Additional Fee / May Not be Audited Introduction to plectrum and finger style guitar technique in a group setting. Recommended for all students wanting to learn guitar at Dickinson with little or not prior experience and for those music majors or future music majors with no guitar experience. Course content includes both group and solo playing, individual practice sessions, music notation, listening assignments, fretboard theory, basic musicianship and required concert attendance. While the emphasis in reading will be on standard notation, tableture and chord chart diagrams will also be explored.

MUPS 113 Guitar (1st semester)
Permission of Instructor Required / Additional Fee Required Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 114 Guitar (2nd semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUAC 115 Fundamentals of Music
Permission of Instructor Required.

MUPS 213 Guitar (3rd semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 214 Guitar (4th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 313 Guitar (5th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 314 Guitar (6th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 413 Guitar (7th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 414 Guitar (8th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

Spring 2017

MUAC 102 History of Music
Why do we consider Mozart and Beethoven geniuses? What distinguishes music from sound and noise? How do opera and song encode cultural mores? How have social and political issues influenced supposed "abstract" music? Is music a more definite language than words? These are some of the aesthetic and philosophical issues that students will consider in this course, which explores musical composition from the death of Bach (1750) to avant-garde and minimalist composers. Students will develop skills associated with intelligent listening while also consulting primary sources in order to understand the contexts of musical production over the past 250 years. The ability to read music is not required for this course and non-musicians are welcome and encouraged. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.

MUPS 111 Guitar Class
Permission of Instructor Required No Additional Fee / May Not be Audited Introduction to plectrum and finger style guitar technique in a group setting. Recommended for all students wanting to learn guitar at Dickinson with little or not prior experience and for those music majors or future music majors with no guitar experience. Course content includes both group and solo playing, individual practice sessions, music notation, listening assignments, fretboard theory, basic musicianship and required concert attendance. While the emphasis in reading will be on standard notation, tableture and chord chart diagrams will also be explored.

MUPS 113 Guitar (1st semester)
Permission of Instructor Required / Additional Fee Required Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 114 Guitar (2nd semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUAC 115 Fundamentals of Music
A hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of music through reading, writing, listening, singing, and basic keyboard skills. Emphasis is upon the acquisition of musical literacy grounded in a thorough knowledge of music notation.The course is intended for non-majors with little or no theory background, and for minors and majors as a preparation for Music 125.

MUPS 213 Guitar (3rd semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 214 Guitar (4th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 313 Guitar (5th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 314 Guitar (6th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 413 Guitar (7th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 414 Guitar (8th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.