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Music Education

Marissa Silverman

Marissa Silverman
Professor of Music
Music Education
Coordinator Undergraduate and Graduate Music Education
973-655-7779
Chapin 343
silvermanm@montclair.edu
Bio

Marissa Silverman is Professor at the Cali School of Music. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Silverman has published invited chapters in recent research handbooks, as well as journal articles in the International Journal of Music Education, the British Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Music Education Research, the International Journal of Community Music, Visions of Research in Music Education, and the New York Times. Her research agenda focuses on dimensions of music education philosophy, general music, artistic interpretation, community music, and interdisciplinary curriculum development. Dr. Silverman is author of Gregory Haimovsky: A Pianist’s Odyssey to Freedom (University of Rochester Press, 2018) and co-author (with David Elliott) of the 2nd edition of Music Matters: A Philosophy of Music Education (Oxford University Press, 2015). She is co-editor of Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Community Music Today (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). As a secondary school teacher, Dr. Silverman taught band, general music, and English literature at Long Island City High School (Queens, New York).

Lisa DeLorenzo

Lisa DeLorenzo
Professor of Music
Music Education
973-655-7220
Chapin 345
delorenzol@montclair.edu
Bio

Prof. DeLorenzo holds an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MME from Indiana University, and a BS from West Chester State University – all degrees in music education. At Montclair State, she is the Coordinator of Music Education where she teaches music education courses and supervises student teachers. Her interests in creative and critical thinking and movement/dance as well as teacher education have provided material for numerous articles in practitioner and research journals. In addition, Prof. DeLorenzo continually seeks teaching opportunities with young children. Her work as a public school music teacher, with the Montclair State University Preparatory Division, and on a Hopi Indian reservation attest to that interest. In 1993-1994, Prof. DeLorenzo was awarded a John A. Goodlad Fellowship for study at the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle. Her fellowship was one of eighteen selected throughout the country to examine teacher education and school renewal. She served on a writing panel for the New Jersey Department of Education to draft the core proficiencies for music instruction in the state of New Jersey and has been a clinician on music teaching throughout the eastern region of the United States. Her affiliations with teaching organizations include the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA), and other nationally recognized education organizations.


Bryan Powell
Assistant Professor
Music Technology/Education
973-655-7279
Chapin 248
powellb@montclair.edu
Bio

Prior to joining Montclair State University, Dr. Powell served as the Director of Higher Education for Little Kids Rock, and the Interim Director of Amp Up NYC, a partnership between Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock. A former NYC DOE music teacher, Dr. Powell is published in the International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Music, Technology and Education, IASPM@Journal, Journal of Music Teacher Education, and Action Critique and Theory in Music Education. Bryan is a co-author of The Music Learning Profiles Project: Let’s Take this Outside (Routledge), and a co-editor of the Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Education: Perspectives and Practices (Bloomsbury). Bryan has chapters published in the Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education, the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Philosophical and Qualitative Perspectives on Assessment in Music Education. Bryan is the founding co-editor of Journal of Popular Music Education, a peer-reviewed, academic journal, and he currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association for Popular Music Education. Additionally, Dr. Powell currently serves as the Chair for NAFME Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) in Popular Music Education and is an International Affiliate for the organization Musical Futures.

Tom McCauley

Thomas McCauley
Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Conducting
973-655-7036
Chapin 243
mccauleyt@montclair.edu
Bio

Thomas McCauley conducts the Montclair State University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Ensembles under Dr. McCauley’s direction have appeared at national and regional conventions and conferences. He has collaborated with artists including the Imani Winds, Manhattan Brass Quintet, Warren Vaché, Demondrae Thurman, and Phil Smith, and been praised by composers including Karel Husa, David Gillingham, Joseph Turrin, Bruce Yurko, and O’Neal Douglas. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Windhaven; an intensive, week-long performance opportunity for wind players and percussionists ages 18-28 (Kinhaven Music School, VT). His publications include articles in The Instrumentalist, a chapter in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, 2nd Ed., Vol I, and a book, Adventures in Band Building (or How to Turn a Less-Than-It-Could-Be into a More-Than-It-Should-Be). In 1995, the Nevada Music Educator’s Association named him Music Educator of the Year and in 2006, the Indiana Music Educators Association honored Dr. McCauley with an Outstanding University Music Educator Award. Dr. McCauley currently serves on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Band Association, the New Jersey State Representative of the College Band Directors National Association, and is the former New Jersey State Representative of the National Band Association. He is also an active member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and the National Association for Music Education.

Dennis Argul
Adjunct Professor
Student Teaching Coordination
Music Supervision and Administration
arguld@montclair.edu

Bio

Dennis Argul has been active in the marching arts activity as a performer, arranger, composer, clinician, and designer. For the last three decades Dennis has also been an adjudicator for many organizations and genres, most recently enjoying his experiences as a judge with Drum Corps International. Dennis is a retired music educator and administrator with a 35 – year career in the NJ Public Schools system. He is currently an adjunct professor at five NJ Universities, supervising student teachers in their music education departments. Dennis is also the Advocacy Chair and on the Board of the NJ Music Educators Association and the NJ Music Administrators Association. Dennis is the Advocacy Chair for NJMEA and NJMAA, a member of the NJ September Ready Task Force, NJ Steering Arts Committee and Director of the inaugural NJ State Solo and Ensemble Festival. As a performer, Dennis is a freelance low brass musician, specializing in bass trombone, and performs with many ensembles in the NY/NJ metropolitan area.


Jillian Ballow

Jillian Ballow
Adjunct Professor
Woodwind Techniques
ballowj@montclair.edu
Bio

Jillian Ballow studied music education at the State University of New York at Fredonia with a concentration in oboe performance. After graduating Fredonia, Jillian began and continues her music education career teaching kindergarten through fifth grade general music and directing fourth and fifth grade band in Brooklyn, NY. She also is the co-director of the Intermediate band for the Salute to Music Program. Salute to Music is an afterschool band program for students’ grades 4-8. At the end of the year, students have the opportunity to perform in various concert halls including high schools across NYC and in Carnegie Hall. Jillian holds a master’s degree in music education from Kent State University. Jillian also participates in the Staten Island community band and has performed with the Staten Island Philharmonic and the Manhattan Wind Ensemble.

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Jennifer Branch
Adjunct Professor
Woodwind Methods
branchje@montclair.edu
Bio

Clarinetist Jennifer Branch has soloed internationally with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, has toured nationally with the NY-based Music Man in the capacity of Reed 2 and Associate Conductor, has performed with the Sousa Band, and in Carnegie Hall with the Allentown Band. She currently freelances with Baroque Orchestra of NJ, Light Opera of NJ and local pit orchestras.

A devoted teacher, Jennifer’s students have earned seats at Interlochen and NJ All-State Ensembles, with New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra, and have gone on to study music in colleges across the US. In addition to being Suzuki Piano book 1 trained, Jennifer is working on creating a Suzuki clarinet method as a part of her DMA studies.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor Music Education from University of Colorado, a Master of Music from University of Michigan and is currently a candidate for Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rutgers University.

Barry Centanni

Barry Centanni
Adjunct Professor
Percussion Techniques
centannib@montclair.edu
Bio


Percussionist Barry Centanni attended Montclair State University before earning a bachelor’s degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. He is the principal percussionist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and performs with many other orchestras including the New York Pops, the New York Philharmonic, the Westfield Symphony, the Colonial Symphony, the New Jersey State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. His television credits include Live from Madison Square Garden, Live from Lincoln Center, Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman. As a freelance percussionist, he has performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sting, Whitney Houston, James Taylor, Elton John and with the bands Yes, the Moody Blues and Metallica. He has taught at SUNY Purchase, the Mannes College of Music, Columbia Teachers College and the Montclair Kimberley Academy.
Ardith Collins

Ardith Collins
Adjunct Professor
Strings Techniques
collinsa@montclair.edu
Bio

Ardith Collins teaches orchestra, general music, and serves as grammar school music coordinator at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City and is adjunct faculty at Montclair State University Cali School of Music. Ardith has completed Orff Schulwerk and Kodály certifications, beginner level Dalcroze training, and is past president of the Northern New Jersey Orff Schulwerk Association. Ardith is an active writer and presenter, serving on the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Reverberations Editorial Board, the AOSA Curriculum Oversight and Review Subcommittee, and is an AOSA national teacher trainer. Ardith has performed with the Montclair State University Albanian American Balkan Ensemble and is a folk dance and rounds singing enthusiast.

Deborah Mello
Adjunct Professor
Choral Methods
mellod@montclair.edu

Bio

Founding and Artistic Director of The Children’s Chorus of Sussex County, Deborah Mello is the recipient of the Master Teacher Award from the New Jersey Music Educators Association, The New Jersey Governor’s Award for Arts in Education, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Master Teacher Collaborative Award, and the Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University. She is former National Chair of the American Choral Director’s Association National Committee on Children & Community Youth Choirs. Deborah is a member of the choral music education faculty at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, New Jersey.

Theodora Sotiropoulos
Adjunct Professor
Campus-Community Band
sotiropoulot@montclair.edu

Erika Sulich
Adjunct Professor
Brass Techniques
suliche@montclair.edu

Ryan Zellner
Adjunct Professor
Brass Techniques
Instrumental Methods
zellnerr@montclair.edu

Bio

Ryan Zellner currently serves as the Director of Extension Programs, Cali School of Music as well as the Head of Music Education for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to these positions, Dr. Zellner was the Strategic Programs Director for the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition (GMEC). His work includes overseeing national strategic educational efforts, local and national partnerships, localized district efforts and curriculum procurement and development. Prior to his work with GMEC, he spent 7 years as National Program Director for Little Kids Rock, a national music education non-profit, working to scale the organization from serving 70,000 students to over 500,000 students in 45 states throughout the country. Before moving into the nonprofit sector, he served as Director of Instrumental Activities and K-12 Music Department Chair for the Tunkhannock Area School District (1998-2012). While teaching, he received numerous awards including the 2010 WVIA Great Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Zellner holds a terminal degree in educational psychology, master’s degrees in music education, educational management and strategies, and in classroom technology as well as bachelor’s degree in music education.