January 08, 2013 — Coral Gables — Former University of Miami Frost School of Music faculty Dr. Nicholas DeCarbo and Dr. Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo will be inducted into the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Hall of Fame later this week in Tampa, Florida at the organization’s annual education conference.
The couple retired in May 2011 after 29 years of service and teaching at the Frost School of Music. Dr. DeCarbo served as associate dean of administration at Frost where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental methods as a professor in the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy. Dr. Joyce Jordan served as professor and chair of the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at Frost. She taught graduate courses in general music education, pedagogy and early childhood music education and supervised a teacher-training program for elementary students.
The duo will be the second and third Frost faculty members inducted into the FMEA Hall of Fame. Dr. Lee “Doc” Kjelson, former professor and chair of the Choral Studies Department, was inducted in 1990.
"We are delighted to see that Nick and Joyce have been honored with this recognition. Their steadfast dedication to music education is an inspiration to us all," said Dr. Don Coffman, professor and current chair of the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at the Frost School of Music.
FMEA promotes quality and comprehensive music education for all students in Florida—a value that Decarbo and Jordan built their teaching career on.
“Nick and Joyce are the very example of the attributes and careers that would lead to the Hall of Fame. I am so excited and pleased for both of them,” said Dean Shelly Berg of the Frost School of Music.
Hall of Fame recipients are nominated and elected directly by the FMEA Executive Board. They represent individuals who have made outstanding contributions over an extended period of time to music education.
DeCarbo and Jordan both received the Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship while at the Frost School.
About Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School.
The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.
The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.
Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, music theory and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series which brings free music master classes and lectures to the community; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.
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