Dr. Clarence Hines is an associate professor of jazz studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has taught a variety of music courses at UNF, ranging from small to large lecture. He is currently teaching Jazz Arranging, Jazz Styles and Analysis and Applied Jazz Trombone courses required for Jazz Studies majors. He also teaches The Music Business, a nationally recognized course that is open to students from various disciplines across the campus. His scholarly work includes trombone performance, composing and arranging music primarily for jazz ensembles, and he is currently composing creative and challenging music for a series of performances and publications that will take place over the next year, and for a future recording project.
Get to Know Clarence
What brought you to UNF?
I initially came to UNF as an undergraduate music student in the late 1990s. I returned a few years later after an opportunity to teach at my alma mater arose.
Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom?
I am a tech savvy teacher, and I integrate technology throughout my courses as appropriate. I do still teach at the chalkboard, but I also use a variety of technology tools to provide students with the most authentic and practical experiences possible.
If you could witness any historical event, what would it be?
Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech would be an event to witness.
What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days?
Some of my favorite memories include performing with legendary jazz artists in the Great American Jazz Series, Dr. Huebner’s astronomy classes, lab courses in the portable classrooms near the current Boathouse and late night ultimate frisbee on The Green.
If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing?
I would devote more time to performing and creating music.
What do you like most about UNF?
I like working with my colleagues and students. I also like that the University is small, yet many programs are competitive with those of much larger and older institutions.