Jonathan "Capital" Patterson

Jonathan "Capital" Patterson, headshot

Assistant Professor of Popular and Commercial Music


Jazz Studies

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Jonathan Patterson is an assistant professor of popular music in the Division of Jazz Studies of the UNT College of Music. He earned the D.M.A. in guitar performance at the University of Southern California in 2011, with a music education minor field and elective fields in music recording and jazz studies; the M.A. in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999, with a research focus in Japanese popular music; and the B.A. in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Southern California in 1997, with a research focus on Japanese music, language and culture. He has been a certified AVID Sibelius instructor since 2015.

Dr. Patterson was formerly an assistant professor of practice at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he teaches the harmony and aural skills curriculum in the Popular Music Performance, Songwriting and Music Production program, and classes in audio recording and editing (ProTools), MIDI sequencing (Logic X), and notation (Finale and Sibelius). He has taught previously at Whittier College and The Musicians Institute.

Dr. Patterson is active as a recording and performing artist, and has released more than 25 CDs. A fluent speaker of Japanese, he tours regularly in Japan, where he uses the artistic name Dr. Capital and appears on TV as an educator and performer. He records with his Brazilian music group Bossa Zuzu. His music has been heard in a large number of TV and radio programs and commercials.

To learn more about Dr. Patterson’s work, be sure to visit his website ( and his Bandcamp page (