I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
The doctoral program in Music & Performing Arts Professions is small, providing a good deal of individual attention while giving students a healthy amount of flexibility. My advisor, Dr. Elliott, is an internationally known and respected scholar in the field of music education. Being able to work closely with him while simultaneously being a part of a large, diverse, and vibrant music department located in one of the greatest cities in the world proved irresistible.
My academic passion is:
Music teaching and learning.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Be training music teachers and conducting choral groups at the collegiate level.
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Going to hear all sorts of music, seeing theater and comedy.
A hobby I have is:
Reading mystery novels.
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Every week I find a new favorite!
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Sociology of the music teaching and learning experience.
I'm interested in this topic because:
The human factor in teaching and learning is often neglected in current policy debates and popular notions of education..
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
My career in the K-12 classroom.
Professor who has influenced me the most:
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
The opportunity for reflection on the "broader picture"—after 10 years teaching, it's like a (very challenging) sabbatical!
Where you grew up:
New Rochelle, NY
Professor of Choral Music Education
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Winner, 2006 Excellence in Music Teaching Award, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, New Haven, Connecticut. Inaugural member of Music Educators ' Journal Advisory Board, 2009-2010. Recognized in Outstanding American Teachers, 2005-06, Who 's Who in American Education 2007-08. Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America. Recipient of scholarships from Regis High School, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, University of Cincinnati, New York University.
Other professional or service activities:
Adjunct Professor of Music & Director of Choral Activities, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 2005-present. Artistic Director & Conductor, Mystic River Chorale, Connecticut, 2008-present. Ten years' experience as a K-12 school music teacher, mostly in urban schools, specializing in choral and general music. Sixteen years' experience as a church musician, organist and choir director in a variety of contexts. Experienced music director/vocal coach/pianist for school, community and regional theater productions. Baritone recitalist, voice teacher, and vocal adjudicator for NATS and MENC-sponsored events. Committee and board work for organizations including Connecticut Music Educators' Association and the American Guild of Organists.