• Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education (2008), Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.
  • Graduate Coursework in Music Education, (2006), University of London;  Institute of Education, London, England.
  • Master of Education in Music Education, (2000), University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
  • Bachelor of Music Education, (1981), Youngstown State University, Dana School of Music, Youngstown, Ohio

Professional Experience
Higher Education
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Guest Lecturer, Skype lecture for undergraduate course, “Informal Processes in the Beginning Band Room” (2012)

  • Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.
  • Guest Lecturer, presenting to doctoral students: The Research Process: “The Dissertation and Beyond” (2014)
  • Lecturer, Winter Term: “Musical Identity and Music Education” (2012)
  • Lecturer, Summer Graduate Course: “Literature for General Music” (2009)
  • Lecturer, Summer Graduate Course: “Popular Music in the Classroom” (2006)
  • Guest Lecturer, Secondary General Music Methods Classes: “Informal Music Processes in the Secondary Classroom” (2006)
  • Guest Lecturer, Multicultural Music in the General Music Classroom: “Lessons From Far Away—Gamelan” (2005)

K-12 Teaching in American Schools

2007 – 2014 Cool Spring Elementary School, Loudoun County Public Schools

  • Elementary General Music Teacher (Grades 1-5)
  • Chorus Director

2002-2005 Warren Consolidated Schools, Warren, Michigan

  • Elementary General Music Teacher (K-5) and Beginning Band Teacher
  • Additional responsibilities:
  • Elementary Choir Director
  • Musical Director Elementary Spring Musical
  • Developed 5th grade Drumming Ensemble


1999-2001  Zürich International School, Switzerland

  • Primary Music Teacher (Grades 2-6) and Private Applied Lessons Program Coordinator
  • Established band, choir, and recorder programs
  • Instituted International festival participation as well as hosting International choir festivals
  • Musical director high school spring musicals

1997-1998  Singapore American School, Singapore

  • Primary and Intermediate Music Teacher
  • General music teacher for grades 1-3
  • Band director for 5th grade band
  • Instituted music technology lab in the Intermediate school

1994-1997  International School of Düsseldorf, Germany

  • Primary through High School Music Teacher
  • Instructor of all grade level bands and ensembles
  • General music teacher pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, Middle School composition and music technology. High School music theory.
  • Private lesson program coordinator
  • Orchestra conductor and vocal coach for all school musicals
  • Student recital coordinator
  • Solo piano, synthesizer, vocal, and instrumental instructor both privately and in association with the International School of Düsseldorf
  • Coordinated/Hosted International solo and ensemble festival

Earlier Teaching Experience in K-12 Schools
1981-1983 Warren Christian School, Warren, Ohio

  • Vocal and Instrumental Music, K-12

1981 Windham High School, Windham, Ohio

  •  High School Vocal Music and Music Theory

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