Ready to ROCK!

I am a Visiting Research Professor of Music at New York University where I also teach undergraduate and graduate classes. I serve as an adjunct professor in music education for Boston University and Kent State University (doctoral and master’s students). My interests are in music practice and learning, especially construed as arts praxis at the intersections of propositional, theoretical knowledge, applied, articulated understandings, and knowledge that is embodied, aesthetic, experiential and transcendental. As such, my research focuses on and variously combines three areas of professional expertise: 1) drum kit performance, 2) music teaching and learning, and 3) sociological and social-psychological frameworks. My work overlaps with leisure studies, musicology, and applications of music technology. Viewing much of my research work through a sociological lens, I have explored issues of diaspora, gender, race, class, identity, authenticity, meaning, and ideology. A recurring, overarching theme in my recent writing and presentations is eudaimonia.

I can help you if:

- You want an engaging, compelling keynote speaker who brings relevance, depth, and humour,
- You’re looking for a dedicated performer, scholar and educator;
- You need an out-of-the-box thinker, teacher, and scholar;
- You’re seeking a leader in qualitative research at the intersections of music learning, punk aesthetics, sociology, and popular music.

My credentials include:

- Leading scholar in popular music education, drum kit studies, and sociology of music education;
- Keynote and invited presenter on music, education, and drumming;
- >50 peer-reviewed articles in journals, books and encyclopedias;
- Founding editor of the Journal of Popular Music Education;
- Board member of ISME and past President of APME.