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Jim McCutcheon

Lecturer, Guitar

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Jim McCutcheon
Phone: 937-229-3931
FH 473L
Website: Visit Site


  • M.Mus.Ed., Wright State University, 1991


The recipient of the 2017 Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in Arts Education, Jim McCutcheon has taught at UD since 1978. He is listed on the Ohio Arts Council Touring Roster, and is guitar advisor to the National Federation of Music Clubs. He is a "Friend of the Arts" in Sigma Alpha Iota, and received the University's inaugural award for “Outstanding Contributions from a Full-time Non-Tenure Track Faculty Member” in 2010. He has received several grants from the Ohio Arts Council, and received the Prism Award from the Muse Machine in 2002 for his extensive work with children as "The Guitar Man."

He has produced five solo recordings and has toured Russia with oboist Mark Twehues, and reviews classical guitar CDs for both Soundboard and The American Record Guide. He has worked with the National Federation of Music Clubs for decades, and is the Guitar Adviser to their Festivals Bulletin. He also chairs the NFMC Student-Collegiate Composition Contest each year.

Faculty perspective

"I have taught at UD since 1978, and bring to my teaching the experience of having earned a living at many diverse activities within the music profession, including performance, teaching, and running a music business. I believe that in order to survive in the professional world, music students need to have many skills in addition to the ability to play their instrument, including public relations, marketing, business, and a professional attitude which will be essential for a successful career. This is what I attempt to develop in my students in the music department."

Professional activities

  • Television: WHIO, WDTN, WLIO, WKEF, WPTD, Miami Valley Cable Council. Radio: WDPR/WDPG, WYSO, WPFB.
  • Concert series and festivals: Woodstock (IL) Opera House, Berea (KY) College, Lancaster Festival, Defiance College Schomburg Series, Akron Civic Center, Cambridge, Middfest, Franciscan Life Center, College-Community Arts Council (Celina), Troy-Hayner Concert Series, Springfield Summer Arts Festival, Cincinnati State College, Kettering Summer Series, Granville Concert on the Green, Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, UC-Clermont Calico Series, Raymond Walters College, Lebanon (OH) New Little Symphony, cities of Oakwood, Miamisburg, West Carrollton, Centerville, Springboro, Fairborn, Beavercreek, Akron. First-Night (Dayton, Warren, Middletown). Two-week tour of Russia with oboist Mark Twehues (5/98) for Crosscurrents International Institute. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concerto appearance (1/99).
  • School assembly programs and residencies: Muse Machine (Muse Adventure, Jr./Sr. High Artist and customized programs), Darke County, Springfield Artist in the Classroom, Eaton Area Arts Council, Dayton Public Schools, Centerville, Franklin Middle School, Huber Heights , Celina, St. Marys, Wapakoneta, Portsmouth, Medina County Schools, Overfield Preschool (Troy), St. Peter School (Huber Heights).

Research interests

  • Teaching guitar to children
  • Arts Integration in schools
  • Composing and arranging

Selected publications

CD reviews, Guitar Foundation of America. Soundboard Magazine. 2007-present.

Soundboard. “The National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals: Opportunities for Guitar Teachers and their Students.” Summer, 2017.

“Blues for Beginning Guitarists, Third Edition.” 2017.