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Music Education

Lisa DeLorenzo
Lisa DeLorenzo
Professor of Music
Music Education
Graduate Coordinator
973-655-7220
delorenzol@montclair.edu

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 MSU 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 MSU 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.


Marissa Silverman
Marissa Silverman
Associate Professor of Music
Music Education
Undergraduate Coordinator
973-655-7779
silvermanm@montclair.edu

Marissa Silverman is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, NJ. She was previously an Adjunct Professor of Music and Music Education at New York University (2000-2009) and has taught at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and Rutgers University. As a secondary school teacher, Dr. Silverman taught band, general music and English literature at Long Island City High School (Queens, New York). A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Silverman is published in the International Journal of Music Education; Action, Criticism, and Theory for 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. Dr. Silverman is co-author of Music Matters: A Philosophy of Music Education, Second Edition (Oxford University Press) and co-editor of Community Music Today (Rowman & Littlefield). Her research interests include topics in music education philosophy, urban music education, community music, artistic interpretation, and interdisciplinary curriculum development. Dr. Silverman holds a PhD in performance (flute) from NYU, as well as degrees in English Literature. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral around the metropolitan area and festivals around North America. Her special performance interests include the French Baroque, chamber works of the late Classical period and contemporary Russian music.


Heather J. Buchanan
Heather Buchanan
Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
Music Education
973-655-7913
buchananh@montclair.edu
Heather Buchanan – Website
Choral Program – General Information (PDF)

Heather J. Buchanan, PhD, conducts the 170-voice Chorale, 60-voice University Singers, and 24-voice Vocal Accord. Choirs under her direction have won critical acclaim for their “vibrant sound,” “eloquence”, and for singing with the “crispness and dexterity of a professional choir.” Her choirs have collaborated with many international artists including Meredith Monk, Mícheál ÓSúílleabháin, Tarik O’Regan, Joseph Flummerfelt, Sarah Hopkins, Chen Yi, members of the Vienna Philharmonic strings, Richard Alston Dance Company, and conductors Neeme Järvi, Jacques LaCombe, John Maucceri, and Susie Benchail Seiter with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Buchanan holds degrees from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), Westminster Choir College of Rider University (United States), and the University of New England (Australia). A licensed Andover Educator, she teaches body mapping and somatic pedagogy for musicians. Her publications include co-editing and compiling Teaching Music through Performance in Choir (GIA), a chapter in Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (Springer), a DVD Evoking Sound: Body Mapping & Gesture Fundamentals (GIA), and choral octavos in the Evoking Sound Choral Series (GIA). A vibrant teacher, dynamic performer and passionate musicians’ health advocate, Dr. Buchanan is in demand as a guest conductor, somatic educator and choral clinician in the United States and abroad.


Thomas McCauley
Thomas McCauley
Associate Professor of Music
Director of University Bands
973-655-7036
mccauleyt@montclair.edu

Thomas McCauley conducts the MSU 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.


Shelley Axelson McCauley
Shelley Axelson McCauley
Assistant Professor
Music Education
Director of Campus-Community Band
Pep Band
Main Office: 973-655-7212
mccauleys@montclair.edu

Before coming to the Cali School, Shelley Axelson held a similar position at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, where her responsibilities included teaching conducting, clarinet and a variety of instrumental music education classes. Prior to her appointment at Indianapolis, Prof. Axelson was the Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Pasco Middle School in Dade City, Florida (co-author of Secondary Music Curriculum), and Richardson Junior High School in Richardson, Texas. Prof. Axelson received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, and the Doctor of Music degree in Conducting from Northwestern University. Her principal conducting teachers were Mallory Thompson and H. Robert Reynolds.


Barry Centanni
Barry Centanni
Adjunct Professor
Percussion Techniques
Main Office: 973-655-7212
centannib@montclair.edu

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
Main Office: 973-655-7212
collinsa@montclair.edu


Jonathan Harris
Jonathan Harris
Adjunct Professor
Marching Band
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Jonathan Harris began his teaching career in 1999 and was the Director of Instrumental Music at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest from 2003 to 2014.  There, he directed the curricular and extra-curricular instrumental ensembles. Under his direction, Northern Valley continuously received top honors at concert festivals and competitions along the east coast. Additionally, the “Marching Norsemen” were selected to perform at the 2012 NFL Season Kickoff Game and also as a halftime performer at Super Bowl XLVIII, both at MetLife Stadium. Mr. Harris was nominated for a 2014-2015 Grammy Music Educator Award and he was honored to serve as the conductor of the 2009 Bergen County Band and the 2013 Junior Region Band. In July 2014, he was appointed the Supervisor of Related Arts for the Northern Valley Regional High School District. He has served on the executive boards of NJSMA, MEBCI and is currently on the Board of Directors of NJMAA. He holds a BM in Music Education from William Paterson University, an MM in Music Education from the University of Connecticut, and an EdM in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Harris also arranges music for marching bands and is a freelance tubist in the New Jersey area.


Ethan Hein
Ethan Hein
Adjunct Professor
Music Technology
Main Office: 973-655-7212
heine@mail.montclair.edu
Ethan Hein – Blog
Ethan Hein – Music

Ethan Hein is a researcher with the NYU Steinhardt Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab). The lab’s flagship project is Play With Your Music, an online audio production class serving thousands of students. The current session allows students to work directly on original multitracks by Peter Gabriel. Ethan has taught guitar, composition, music theory and production privately for the past fifteen years, and is an active freelance producer and session musician. He is a regular contributor to the Disquiet Junto, a group of musicians who respond to weekly, fast-turnaround assignments to compose, record and share new music. Ethan’s recent Junto project, a modern rendering of a 100 year old blues song, was featured on WNYC’s Soundcheck. Hear this piece and many others on SoundCloud.  Ethan maintains an influential music blog. Essays appearing there have been assigned in course syllabi at The Cooper Union, Wesleyan College, City College of New York and elsewhere. His writing has also appeared on Slate.com and in a forthcoming book on the use of video games in education.


Raif Hyseni
Raif Hyseni

Adjunct Professor
Balkan Ensemble
Main Office: 973-655-7212
hysenir@montclair.edu

Raif Hyseni hails from The Republic of Kosova, which has a large Albanian majority. He grew up in the town of Mitrovicë, where he studied accordion at music school and performed in amateur ensembles. Before moving to Tiranë in 1992, Raif was a well-known radio and television performer in Kosova’s capital city Prishtinë, where he performed with legendary violinist Isak Mucolli. Through his recordings and media appearances, Raif has become known as a major innovator on the accordion, for which he has composed dozens of instrumental melodies and songs. Raif holds a master’s degree in music from Montclair State University. He has written music for accordion, as well as songs, theater, and documentary movies. In 2014 at Montclair State, Raif founded and continues to head the Balkan-Albanian Ensemble, the first of its kind at a institute of higher education.



Michael Iapicca
Adjunct Professor
Woodwinds Techniques
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Michael Iapicca is director of bands at Parsippany Hills High School in Parsippany, NJ. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, directs the marching band and jazz band and teaches all woodwind lessons. The PHHS Wind Ensemble, under Mr. Iapicca’s direction, was awarded a Gold Rating in each of their two years of participation at the North Jersey School Music Association Concert Band Festival. In 2016, the Wind Ensemble was selected to participate in the New Jersey All State Band Gala. Mr. Iapicca received both a bachelor’s and masters degree in Music Education from New Jersey City University. He has studied saxophone and woodwind performance with Allen Won, Ed Joffe, Walt Weiskopf, Roger Rosenberg and Gary Smulyan. He has also studied conducting in symposiums and classes with Eugene Corporon, H. Robert Reynolds, Jerry Junkin, Thomas McCauley, Michael Christianson, Ed Lisk, Stephen Melillo and Peter Boonshaft.


Robert Levin
Robert Levin

Adjunct Professor
African Drums
Main Office: 973-655-7212
levinr@montclair.edu

Robert Levin has taught West African drumming and dancing to many students across the United States. He studied ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University with two professors—master drummers and dancers Abraham Kobina Adzenyah and Freeman Kwadzo Donkor—who were members of the Ghana National Dance Ensemble. He has pursued studies on Ghana. In addition to his interest in African drumming, he is active as a professional musician in the New York area.


Deborah Mello
Adjunct Professor
Choral Methods
Main Office: 973-655-7212
mellod@montclair.edu


Jason Noble
Jason Noble
Adjunct Professor
Woodwinds Techniques
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Jason Noble currently serves as the conductor of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble in New York. He has held recent positions at Hofstra University (Director of Bands, Visiting Assistant Professor) and New York University (Associate Director of Bands). He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from New York University and the University of Miami, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University. His experience includes 18 years as Director of Bands at Scarsdale (NY) and Miami Coral Park (FL) high schools, where both programs achieved national and international acclaim. Ensembles under his direction have performed by exclusive competitive invitation at Carnegie Hall, and in cities throughout the world, including Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, Barcelona, London, Helsinki, Budapest, Sydney and Melbourne. He has recently commissioned works by noted composers Julie Giroux, Mark Camphouse and Brandon Scott Rusmey, and commissioned consortia works by John Mackey, Michael Markowski and James Syler. He is in frequent, high demand as a conductor, lecturer and music performance adjudicator across the United States and abroad. His research interests include band education, LGBT issues in music education, and philosophies of music education.


Nicholas Santoro
Adjunct Professor
Music Education
Main Office: 973-655-7212
santoron@montclair.edu


Bryan Powell
Bryan Powell
Adjunct Professor
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Bryan Powell is the Director of Higher Education and Program Effectiveness for Little Kids Rock, and the Interim Director of Amp Up NYC, a partnership between Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music. Bryan is a musician and music educator with elementary, secondary and college teaching experience. Dr. Powell is an adjunct professor of music and education who teaches at Hunter College, NYU, and Bergen Community College and also facilitates online master’s and doctoral level courses for Boston University. Bryan is the founding editor of Journal of Popular Music Education, a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Intellect Ltd. Additionally, Bryan is the Executive Director of the Association for Popular Music Education, an organization dedicated to promoting and advancing popular music at all levels of education. Dr. Powell currently serves as the NAfME Popular Music Education SRIG Vice-Chair and the first-ever International Affiliate for Musical Futures.