Carlos Chirinos is a researcher whose work focuses on the role of music and community radio in behavioral change, innovation, and health. He explores new ways in which the music and media industries are contributing to improving social and economic development in developing countries and how digital, mobile, and traditional media platforms sustain this process. Chirinos has developed programs in Japan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Oman, and Tunisia and his been funded by the World Bank, International Development Research Council, Canada, and the Department of International Development, UK.
Clinical Associate Professor
Larry Miller is an entrepreneur who advises media and technology companies and their financial sponsors on capital formation and growth strategy, digital product and service development, and acquisitions and restructurings. Miller founded and operated Or Music, a Grammy® Award-winning independent record label and music publisher where he signed, recorded, and published multiplatinum selling artists Los Lonely Boys and Matisyahu. He has served as a partner at L.E.K. Consulting and a senior member of the firm’s media and entertainment practice.
Music Education and Music Technology
S. Alex Ruthmann
S. Alex Ruthmann is a scholar, educator, and musician. His research and practice explores new media musicianship, creative computing, the creative processes of young musical creators, and the development of music and media technologies for use in school and community-based youth programs. Ruthmann is part of a team that was awarded two National Science Foundation grants to explore the interdisciplinary teaching of computational and musical thinking. He currently serves as president of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction.
Kenneth S. Aigen is a music therapist. His musicological analyses reveal connections between the elements of music and common cognitive, emotional, and physical goals in music therapy. A recipient of the Research and Publications Award from the American Music Therapy Association, Aigen lectures internationally and has written extensively on Nordoff-Robbins music therapy and qualitative research methodologies. A past president of the American Association for Music Therapy, he is the author of Paths of Development in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy (Barcelona, 1998) and Music-Centered Music Therapy (Barcelona, 2005).
Songwriting and Film
Master Teacher (Songwriting)
Phil Galdston is a songwriter and producer whose work has appeared on nearly 70 million records worldwide. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Celine Dion, Sheryl Crow, Aaron Neville, Beyoncé, Brandy, and Esperanza Spalding. Among his many successes is “Save the Best For Last,” recorded by Vanessa Williams. Galdston is the recipient of the Grand Prize of the American Song Festival, the Time For Peace Award, two Nashville Songwriters’ Association citations, Cable ACE and DOVE Award nominations, four ASCAP awards, and five GRAMMY® nominations.
Visiting Associate Professor (Film Scoring)
Mark Suozzo is a composer, guitarist, orchestrator, and conductor. He has created the scores for feature films and documentaries including Metropolitan, American Splendor, Nanny Diaries, The Notorious Bettie Page, and Sound & Fury. For television, he has created scores for the Hallmark Channel, HBO, and PBS’ American Experience, POV, and Independent Lens. Suozzo's original music has been performed at Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, the Summer Olympics, and the Goodwill Games. He has arranged music for Creed, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, as well as orchestrations for the New York Pops Orchestra.
Music Associate Professor
Cyrus Beroukhim is a violinist who has performed in concert halls throughout the United States, Germany, Luxembourg, Japan, and Israel. A recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist, he is the founder of the Zukofsky Quartet, a group that tackles the most challenging music of today’s living and recently deceased composers. The Chicago Tribune praised the quartet’s performance of the complete Milton Babbitt cycle. A former faculty member of Columbia University, Beroukhim has recorded for Deutsche Grammaphon and has performed the Saint-Saëns “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” on National Public Radio's ‘Performance Today’ program.