Dr. David Elliott is Professor of Music and Music Education at New York University. Elliott was educated at the University of Toronto (B.Mus, M. Mus., and B.Ed) and Case Western University (PhD, 1983). During his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Toronto, Elliott studied classical trombone with Ralph Sauer (principal trombone, Toronto Symphony and, subsequently, principal trombone, LA Philharmonic) and played professionally as a jazz trombonist in Toronto. He also studied composition/arranging privately with several noted classical and jazz composers. He has published many choral and instrumental works with Boosey & Hawkes (New York). In 1973, he was appointed to the position of lecturer in music education at the University of Toronto. He was subsequently appointed assistant, associate, and full professor of music education at the U of T. At several points during his career at Toronto, he also served as an invited Visiting Professor at Northwestern University, Indiana University, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Rutgers University, and the University of North Texas.
In 2002, he was invited to accept a position as Full Professor of Music and Director of Music Education in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University. He currently teaches MA and PhD courses in music/music education philosophy, music research methods, music composition pedagogy, community music, the psychology and neuroscience of music and music education, and curriculum development. During 2005-2007 (while full-time at NYU), he was also an invited Visiting Professor of music education at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, where he established and taught the first MA program in music education in the Caribbean.
Elliott is best known for his “Praxial Philosophy of Music Education” as presented in Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education (Oxford University Press, 1995) and in Music Matters: A Philosophy of Music Education (Oxford University Press, 2015). An invited collection of critically reflective essays on the praxial philosophy, Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues, was published by Oxford Press in 2005 and reissued in paperback in 2009. Elliott has published many invited book chapters and numerous articles in leading journals, including: Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; Journal of Aesthetic Education; International Journal of Music Education-Research; Philosophy of Music Education Review; Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; Research Studies in Music Education; College Music Symposium; and Educational Philosophy and Theory.
He has presented more than 300 invited lectures and conference papers at universities in 46 countries, including: Queens (Belfast), Trinity College-Dublin, and the Universities of Limerick and Cork, Ireland; the University of Cape Town, Durban-Natal, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Stellenbosch, South Africa; the Universities of Auckland, Otago, Christchurch, and Wellington, New Zealand; the Sibelius Academy of Music, and the Universities of Oulu and Jyväskylä, Finland; Stockholm University and Orebro University, Sweden; the University of Porto (Portugal); Hong Kong Chinese University; the Universities of Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, and Brisbane Australia; and, in the USA, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Michigan State, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Temple, Penn State, University of South Florida, University of Oklahoma, Boston University, University of Texas (Austin), University of Maryland-College Park, the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, the Hartt School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, and the University of Minnesota.
He has also given many keynote presentations at international conferences in (for example) Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Holland, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
Dr. Marissa Silverman is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University (New Jersey).
A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Silverman has published in the International Journal of Music Education; Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; British Journal of Music Education; Research Studies in Music Education; Music Education Research; 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, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2015) and co-editor of Community Music Today (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Her recent publications include invited chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education; The Oxford Handbook of Music Education; Music, Health, and Wellbeing; and Music Education: Navigating the Future. Her research interests include issues in the philosophy of music and music education; ethics, music, and music education; community music; artistic interpretation; and interdisciplinary curriculum development.
Dr. Silverman holds a PhD in performance (flute) from New York University, as well as degrees in English literature (NYU), and education. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer in New York City and the metropolitan area, as well as festivals throughout North America. As well as chamber works of the late Classical period, she is particularly interested in music of the French Baroque, and contemporary Russian music.
Before being appointed to the music education faculty of MSU, she taught in the graduate performance and music education programs at NYU (2000-2009), 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).
Dr. Wayne Bowman
Dr. Wayne Bowman completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in music education (B.S., M.S., and Ed.D.) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An accomplished jazz and classical trombonist, Dr. Bowman’s first university teaching assignments involved applied low brass instruction (trombone, tuba, and euphonium), chamber music coaching, and jazz education. After ten years of successful experience he set aside applied instruction to focus on jazz, music teacher education, and music philosophy. He has maintained this balance between practical and theoretical (artistic and academic) work throughout his academic career.
Dr. Bowman has taught at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, Mars Hill College (North Carolina), and has held visiting professorships at the University of Toronto and New York University.
His scholarly work is widely known in the music education profession. His books include: Philosophical Perspectives on Music (1998, Oxford University Press) and The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education (2012, in collaboration with Dr. Ana Lucia Frega). He helped found the scholarly journal Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, and served as its Associate Editor for five years, followed by an additional five years as its Editor.
Dr. Bowman’s publications have appeared in prominent journals such as: Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; Arts and Learning Research Journal; Arts Education Policy Review; Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; Canadian Music Educator; Canadian University Music Review; Contemporary Aesthetics; Educational Philosophy and Theory; Finnish Journal of Music Education; International Journal of Community Music; International Journal of Music Education; Jazz Educators’ Journal; Journal of Aesthetic Education; Music Education Research; Music Forum; Philosophy of Music Education Review; Research Studies in Music Education; The Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning; and Zeitschrift für Kritische Musikpädagogik.
He has published numerous book chapters pursuant to music philosophy, music education philosophy, ethics, and curriculum theory. Among the volumes in which his work appears are the following: Basic Concepts in Music Education, II; Bridging the Gap: Popular Music and Music Education; Critical Perspectives in Canadian Music Education; International Handbook of Research in Arts Education; Knowing Bodies, Moving Minds; Music Education for Changing Times: Guiding Visions for Practice; Music Education for the New Millennium; Narrative Inquiry in Music Education; The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning; The Oxford Handbook of Music Education; Philosopher, Musician, Teacher: Perspectives on Music Education; and Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues.
Dr. Bowman currently serves on the editorial boards of Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education, British Journal of Music Education, Canadian University Music Review, International Journal of Community Music, and Music Research Studies in Music Education. He has formerly served on the editorial boards of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Philosophy of Music Education Review.
Dr. Bowman has delivered numerous lectures and addresses in Canada and the U.S.A. He has also delivered invited lecture series and addresses in Argentina, China, Costa Rica, England, Finland, Greece, Malaysia, and Tunisia.