Dr. Jeff Meyer teaches courses in global music, music history, film music, and worship. He also directs the Concordia Gamelan, along with Pempamsie, a West African drumming and dance ensemble. He leads study abroad trips to Prague, Ghana, and Great Britain. Currently serving as secretary of the faculty, Meyer came to Concordia in fall 2000 and has since been involved in Bush Foundation grants on formative evaluation, chair of Graduate Programs and Core Curriculum committees, and four Centennial Grants: on the lutesongs of John Dowland, ethnic music in the Fargo-Moorhead area, the generative analysis of rhythm in world music, and new practices in teaching aural skills.
Meyer received a Bachelor of Music degree in ethnic music theory from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Ill.), and a Master of Arts degree in music theory and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Minnesota. He has presented papers on the historically-based analysis of early English music and the analysis of world music at the South-Central Renaissance Conference, American Musicological Society and College Music Society chapter meetings, the West Coast Conference on Music Analysis, the International Conference on Music Analysis, and the International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music. His studies in global music have included north Indian tabla, Ghanaian drumming and gyil, Javanese gamelan, and field work in Papua New Guinea (the results of which are included in the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music). His film music work has centered on the film scores of Ennio Morricone.
Beyond his academic work, Meyer is church musician and worship leader, and an avid disc golfer, hiker and skier.