Jennifer Jackson – Teaching Music Composition for Application in Theatrical Performance

Jennifer Jackson

Assistant Professor, University of Utah

Teaching Music Composition for Application in Theatrical Performance

This presentation will discuss methods of teaching music composition to theatre students who encompass a wide variety of musical and non-musical backgrounds, as well as how to utilize composition within a theatrical sound design.


Jennifer is a Salt Lake based composer and sound designer primarily working in theatre. Sound design and original music credits include Romeo and Juliet (Yale Repertory Theatre); Lifespan of a Fact (Pioneer Theatre); Form of a Girl Unknown, Silent Dancer, The Wolves, Hir, Hand to God, Harbur Gate, Bull Shark Attack, Streetlight Woodpecker, Blackberry Winter, Two Stories (Salt Lake Acting Company); Twelfth Night, The Last Five Years, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, Part I (Salt Lake Shakespeare); Ion (Westminster College) and The Orphan (Children of an Idle Brain Theatre Company – of which she is a founding member). Her sound installations have been exhibited at the Yale University Art Gallery and the University of Utah. Jennifer holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama and is on the faculty of the University of Utah Department of Theatre where her credits include The Odyssey, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Good Kids, and School for Lies.