Dr. Jason Noble currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music Education Studies at NYU Steinhardt as a core member of the Music Education faculty, where he conducts the NYU Wind Symphony, teaches Instrumental Materials, Techniques, and Conducting and Instrumental Lab Ensemble, preparing future music educators for their PK-12 licensure. He concurrently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Lehman College, and as conductor of the Scarsdale Wind Ensemble. He brings a 21-year career of national and international excellence in secondary and university band education, creative music curricular reform, and progressive music education, having conducted featured concerts 15 times at Carnegie Hall and at many of the finest concert halls across the world on six continents, from Sydney, Australia, to Vienna, Austria, to Beijing, China. He holds degrees from NYU Steinhardt (MA ‘06, Music Education), the Frost School of Music, University of Miami (BM, Music Education, cum laude), and Teachers College, Columbia University (EdDCT, College Teaching of Music Education), where he was the recipient of the Florence K. Geffen Endowed Fellowship.
Prior to his appointment at NYU, Dr. Noble served as conductor of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble, garnering national and international acclaim, leading the commission of new works by diverse composers, and leading the group to its first three full-length performances at Carnegie Hall since 1965. As Director of Bands at Scarsdale High School (Scarsdale, NY), he piloted, tested, and implemented a progressive and successful Democracy in Band curriculum focused entirely on intrinsic motivation, student choice/voice, and shared responsibility without the typical exogenous rewards systems found in most school band programs. He also recently served as an adjunct lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University, supervising and mentoring New York City student teachers in the Teachers College MA program. He began his career as Director of Bands at Miami Coral Park High School in Miami, Florida. His primary teachers and advisors were Gary Green (University of Miami), Nicholas DeCarbo (University of Miami), David Elliott (NYU), Paul Cohen (NYU), Justin Dello Joio (NYU), Maxine Greene (Teachers College, Columbia University), and Randall Everett Allsup (Teachers College, Columbia University).
Dedicated to the pursuit of new music for wind band, he began in 2004 with the commissioning of a new significant work, “Yosemite Autumn” by composer Mark Camphouse. Since that commissioning project, he has led commissions by composers Julie Giroux (“Always”), Catherine Likhuta “(Home Away from Home”), and Michael Martin (“The Bridge that Hangs from the Sky”). He has also been part of consortia commissions of composers Kevin Day, John Mackey, Michael Markowski, Wayne Oquin, James Syler, Tyler S. Grant, Jodie Blackshaw, and Matt Klohs. He and the Miami Coral Park High School band released a professionally recorded CD, Living a Musical Dream, with Mark Custom Records in 2003, and the Hanover Wind Symphony released a professional recording, Icons under his direction with the same label in 2006. Ensembles under his direction have consistently received national and international acclaim, and ensembles under his direction have performed by exclusive competitive invitation at Carnegie Hall (2003, 2010, 2012, 2014–2019), David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center (2020), Salzburg, and Vienna, Austria (2009, 2015), Prague, Czech Republic (2009, 2015), Gran Canaria, Spain (2010), Barcelona, Spain (2010), London, England (2013), The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland (2013), Budapest, Hungary (2015), Belfast, Northern Ireland (2019), Dublin and Cork, Ireland (2019), and Sydney and Melbourne, Australia (2017).
Dr. Noble is in high demand as a conductor. For the 2021–2022 season, he will serve as a guest conductor, lecturer, band program consultant, curriculum consultant, and music performance adjudicator across the United States and internationally. His research interests include Band Education, Instrumental Music Education, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Music Education, LGBTQIA+ studies in Music Education, and Philosophies of Music Education.