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Dr. James M. Day, Assistant Dean


Dr. James M. Day was appointed Assistant Dean for the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey in May 2012,  after serving as the Interim Assistant Dean the previous year.

Since joining the TCNJ Music Department faculty in 1997, Dr. Day has worked closely with administration, faculty and students in a range of offices and disciplines on campus, including Liberal Learning, MUSE, the Bonner Center, and the Office for Global Engagement.  Through his course “The Arts and the Community” and freshman seminar “Urban Soundscapes”, he has built community partnerships that have raised our school’s profile in the community.  Under Dr. Day’s guidance last year, students from both classes worked with community members and a range of Trenton-based organizations to explore the diverse music-cultures of Trenton.  Their collective effort was featured in the Summer 2011 exhibit “Trenton Harmonies” at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion and online at

As Director of Guitar Studies, Dr. Day has established a standard of excellence for our guitar majors, creating courses, and maintaining an active recruitment and performance schedule.  He has frequently collaborated with faculty and students in performances and scholarly presentations.  He is active internationally as a performer and recording artist, with publications on Albany Records and ClearNote Publications.

Dr. Day has represented our school internationally as an exchange professor to Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany, as a presenter at international conferences in Madrid and Los Angeles, and most recently as an Endeavor Award fellow at the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne, Australia, where he collaborated with faculty and students in the field of Community Cultural Development.  In October he will present a paper for the College Music Society National Conference titled “Affective Experiences:  Community Cultural Development and Higher Education.”

Dr. Day received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and Bachelor of Music in Performance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He also pursued advanced studies with Oscar Ghiglia at both the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and at Incontri chitarrstici in Gargnano, Italy.

His artist page is available at