Dena Jones

Fox Fine Arts Center
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Dena Kay Jones
Professor, Music
Undergraduate Coordinator, UTEP Piano Area

Dr. Jones’ research and creative activities fall into three main categories: I) performer of solo piano repertoire, II) performer of chamber music and III) writer/lecturer on music history. As professor primarily of applied studies, her research and creative activities find their publications on the performance stage and/or lecture venues. The third category has had an interesting development unique to her situation in El Paso. In contrast, the first two categories are typical for anybody in her position as Professor of Piano at any university.By focusing her research on select programs of either solo or chamber music, she continues to develop her art as a pianist. Playing an instrument at a professional level requires persistent attention, and these programs literally advance both her musical and technical skills as a performer. She still hungers to expand her performance knowledge of the amazing repertoire written for the piano, and her approach of studying the music (which always contains further investigation of the cultural and historical roots of the work in addition to solidifying her understanding of musical content, comprehending theoretical structures, implementing her personal interpretations and conquering technique requirements) inevitably leads to more references about the composer and to listening to more recordings made by great pianists. Dr. Jones’ research commands a unique interpretation of music that no other pianist in the world holds.In addition to feeding a constant requirement for necessary self-improvement (as someone once said about musicians, "You're only as good as your last performance?"), this research makes her a better professor of piano. Dr. Jones’ knows how to explain concepts to students because she has learned them and continues to 're-learn' them. She is able to make connections to the composers and their works because she has read and she has listened. Dr. Jones’ also has carried information from the keyboard to her students. For example, Dr. Jones’ will assist a student who does not yet have the developed technical tools at his or her disposal, such as: implementing weight transference, employing virtuosic techniques, controlling detailed voicings or executing efficient and clear pedalings because she has studied and conquered these advanced concepts of playing the piano. Dr. Jones’ is a better teacher because of her research.Lastly, these creative activities bring the music from behind the closed doors of the practice and teaching rooms out into the public. Perhaps the greatest thrill of all is being able to share her select, musical art with audience members. It is unlike any other experience of that Dr. Jones’ can compare: it combines the three types of neuro-linguistic programming--visual, aural and kinesthetic modes all in real time. Audience members are invited in to share these experiences and the instantaneous communication that occurs between performer and listener is exhilarating. Throughout her tenure at UTEP, Dr. Jones’ research has been presented to thousands of people.


  1. Piano
  2. Spain
  3. Solo
  4. Chamber
  5. Music
  6. Music history
  7. Ethnomusicology
  8. Piano Literature