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Brian Cockburn

Copyright Coordinator and Director of Music Library

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Higher Education
  1. James Madison University
  1. James Madison University,
  2. Texas State University,
  3. American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS)
  1. University of Maryland University College
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James Madison University

James Madison University

Copyright Coordinator

– Present

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I live in two worlds--Music Librarianship and Composition/Arranging/Performing. Dividing my time between the two (and my outside interests) is one of the most satisfying aspects of my professional life. Managing and working in the music library provides the satisfaction of seeing a unit work together to meet the information and musical needs of the faculty, students of JMU as well as the larger community.

Teaching, creating, and performing music provides a satisfaction of the soul that can be satisfied no other way. In a class of 25 arranging students, maybe a few eyes light up with the realization that they, too can create something exciting and beautiful. Composing and arranging is an intellectual pursuit that I treasure which is why i really like working on repertoire for younger musicians--a musical challenge extraordinaire!

Finally, being copyright coordinator for JMU is a way to keep in touch with the larger community of scholars and students at JMU. The activities, research, and invention here are far more than people know and I wouldn't know it were i not serving in this role


Copyright Coordinator

James Madison University
– Present (4 years)Harrisonburg, VA

Act as the university resource on copyright, fair use, author’s rights, and
related issues; provide educational and informational programs and tools
for faculty, students, and staff; guide Libraries and Educational Technologies
to develop consistent and appropriate copyright and intellectual property
policies; provide university community with current information regarding
copyright, digital humanities and scholarly communication. Chair the JMU Intellectual Property Committee.

Director, Music Library

James Madison University
– Present (19 years 10 months)Harrisonburg, VA

Direct all aspects of branch music library; design, troubleshoot, and oversee
music media lab including distributed audio and production facilities; supervise staff

Adjunct Professor of Music

James Madison University
– Present (19 years)Harrisonburg, VA

Courses Taught: Vocal Arranging, Instrumental Arranging, Graduate Research, Music Technology, Choral Literature

Technology Leader, School of Music

James Madison University
(15 years)Harrisonburg, VA

Direct and coordinate staff across administrative units to develop and
support computer MIDI lab; administer faculty desktop technology; coordinate
classroom technology; coordinate and encourage integration of technology into curriculum

Web Librarian

James Madison University
(1 year)Harrisonburg, VA

Interim one-year responsibility in addition to existing responsibilities; assist
in library web strategic planning; identify and purchase new technology;
develop goals and processes for ongoing future development

Music Librarian

Texas State University
(4 years 6 months)San Marcos, TX

Responsible for all aspects of branch music library; technical service liaison

Music Librarian

American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS)
(2 months)Graz, Austria

Coordinate with Graz libraries to transfer materials to AIMS library; minimal cataloging; supervise staff; circulate and maintain materials


New York Public Library
(2 years 3 months)Greater New York City Area

Process archival collections of recorded sound, video, film, printed material, and ephemera; member of team to develop automated system for archival material, supervise clerical staff; serve as RLIN-User Trainer for Lincoln Center Library


Center for Intellectual Property

Advisory Board
– Present

Honors & Awards

Awarded Full Professor

James Madison University

Wew! glad that's done


James Madison University

  • Graduate Research in Music (MUS 600)
  • Vocal Arranging (MUS 451/551)
  • Choral Literature (MUS 556)
  • Music Technology (MUS 100)


Review of Music and Copyright, 2nd ed. Edited by Simon Frith and Lee 2005 Marshall. New York: Routledge. 2004

MLA Notes. Vol. 62, No. 1
September 2005

Slow Train to Yesterday

WVPT Public Television

Music Advisor. Responsibilities: Work with director and writers to research, select, and secure rights
for music for two-hour documentary on trains in the Shenandoah Valley

Basic Music Library, 3rd ed.

American Library Association

Chapters: Chamber Music with Winds – scores” and “Chamber Music with Winds performing editions.”

Russian Music for Brass Quintet

Southwest BrassWorks

CD Liner notes


Scholarly Communication Task Force(Link)

The taskforce was formed in response to the Scholarly Communication Roadshow hosted by JMU; survey the university scholarly communities; advise L&ET administration on existing and future programs, technology, and policies; document findings for institution administration

Collection Development Policy Revision

Total rewrite of policy to reflect new modes of publication and collecting

Distance and Distributed Learning Strategic Planning Taskforce

University-wide committee charged with guiding JMU’s distance and distributed learning

Planning Committee, Biennial Symposium - Center for Intellectual Property

Develop 3-session legal track; soliciting applications, and coordinate
selection; serve on overall planning team.


  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. German

    Professional working proficiency
  3. French

    Elementary proficiency
  4. Italian

    Elementary proficiency


  • Music
  • Composition
  • Music History
  • Arranging
  • Orchestral Music
  • Choral
  • Finale
  • Chamber Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Teaching
  • Music Education
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Digital Copyright
  • Cataloging
  • Higher Education
  • Performing Arts
  • Copyright Law
  • Library Management
  • Intellectual Property
  • Archival Preservation
  • Archival Management
  • Communication Skills
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University of Maryland University College

Certification, Copyright Management and Leadership

Broad curriculum covering copyright and intellectual property fundamentals, and how to lead an organization

University of Arizona

Master, Musicology

Thesis: The Music of Cuthbert Hely in Cambridge Fitzwilliam Music Ms. 689
Advisor, Dr. John Boe

University of Arizona

Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS), Library Science

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Bachelor, Music

Thesis: In Search of Expression: Adolphe Appia
Advisor, Ms. Polly Detels

Sweetwater High School

Sweetwater High School

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