Professor of Music Education, Chair, Department of Music Education and Music Therapy
Don D. Coffman, Professor of Music Education, chairs the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music at and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Society for Research in Music Education and chaired MENC’s Adult and Community Music Education SRIG and ISME’s Community Music Activity Commission. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education and the International Journal of Community Music. His passion is making music with “chronologically gifted” adults in wind bands. He is the founding director of the Iowa City, Iowa New Horizons Band, which has provided an opportunity for senior adults to learn or reacquaint themselves with wind and percussion instrumental music since 1995. In 2006 he was honored for his work with this New Horizons Band with three awards: The University of Iowa President's Award for State Outreach and Public Engagement, the State of Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award, and the Outstanding Continuing Educator Award from the Johnson County chapter of AARP. Coffman received a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, a M.M.E. from Wichita State University and a B.M.E. from the University of Kansas.
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Music Education
Dr. Carlos Abril is associate professor and director of undergraduate music education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He was previously associate professor and coordinator of music education at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. Abril’s research focuses on socio-cultural issues in music education, arts education policy, and music perception. He has published articles in Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Music Educators Journal and the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, and serves on many editorial boards. He co-edited the book, Musical Experience in Our Lives (Rowman & Littlefield) and has written chapters for other books, including The Handbook of Research in Music Learning (Oxford) and Alternative Approaches in Music Education (Rowman & Littlefield). His music arrangements and instructional materials are published by World Music Press and in the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill textbook series, Spotlight on Music. Abril received a Ph.D. in music education at Ohio State University, M.M. in performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. in music education at the University of Miami. He is fully certified in Orff Schulwerk and has received extensive training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. He is a former general music and choral educator in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where he was honored as Region V Teacher of the Year and with the Cervantes Outstanding Educator Award.
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Professor of Music Education
On sabbatical for 2012-2013, Dr. Edward P. Asmus is associate dean of Graduate Studies, and professor of music education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Dr. Asmus has centered his research on affective response to music, music motivation, non-musical outcomes of music instruction, quantitative methodology and arts assessment. His research has resulted in numerous publications including books, tests, measures, computer programs, and articles in the major research publications of music education. Dr. Asmus has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education, Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update and Journal of Music Therapy and has been an advisor to Psychomusicology and Psychology of Music. He is the immediate past editor of the Journal of Music Teacher Education a publication of MENC: The National Association of Music Education. Dean Asmus has also been cited as one of the most published authors in the refereed publications of his field and is cited in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.
Lecturer, Music Education
Joy A. Galliford is a lecturer and researcher in the Music Education Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She received the prestigious 2010 Florida College Music Educator of the Year Award from the Florida Music Educators Association and has presented at such conferences as the International Early Childhood Music and Movement Association Conference, the FMEA Conference, and Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods (Mountain Lake, VA). Dr. Galliford recently attended an early childhood pedagogy conference in Greensboro (NC) and the Arts Conference in Chicago. She hosted a concert called “Mozart for Children,” as part of the Mainly Mozart Festival XIII. Along with Dr. Joyce Jordan and the South Dade Childcare Center of the Archdiocese of Miami, Galliford received one of the four 2006 Awards of Excellence given by the Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade County. She and Dr. Jordan are the co-writers of Experience the Music, a literacy-based music curriculum for children ages 3 to 5. Dr. Galliford is an active member of the Music Educators National Conference, Florida Music Educators Association and Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, Phi Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Iota, and National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Lecturer, Music Education
James Gasior is a lecturer in the Music Education program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
Lecturer, Music Education
Gene Grego is a lecturer in the Department of Music Education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Grego began his teaching career as a public school chorus teacher at Steinmetz Junior High School in Schenectady, NY and then at Wilbur H. Lynch Middle School in his hometown of Amsterdam, NY. He earned a Master of Music Education Degree in Choral Music Education from Ithaca College, and a second Master's Degree from the State University of New York at Albany in Educational Administration. His early musical training included private music education with organist Augusta Canale, and voice with Margaret Lazarou. When he was 12 he began to play the organ at his church and was also director of the junior choir; by age 15 he directed the senior choir. He attended Union College in Schenectady, NY and graduated with departmental distinction as a Humanities Major, concentrating in Music and Art History. He played organ and harpsichord, was a member of the Glee Club and Madrigal Singers,and served as choir director and organist at various churches.
Assistant Professor, Instrumental Performance (Double Bass) & Music Education
Brian Powell is assistant professor of Double Bass and String Music Pedagogy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and a Masters degree in Teaching from Indiana University, and he is a doctoral candidate at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He is a former member of The New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Powell has received recognition in several solo competitions, including winning the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass Solo Competition. As an educator, he is the former director of orchestras at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY, and was on the string faculty at Bellarmine University as their double bass instructor. He taught hundreds of string students every year from elementary to collegiate levels. His high school orchestra was selected to perform at state conventions on multiple occasions and has performed twice at the United Nations in New York City. He has received recognition as a distinguished music teacher and advocate of string music education. Mr. Powell has presided as President of the Kentucky chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and is currently President-Elect of the Florida chapter. He has also served in the mentor program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Mr. Powell remains an active performer and clinician throughout the United States.
Associate Professor, Music Education
Stephen F. Zdzinski is associate professor of Music Education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He teaches graduate courses, directs research, and coordinates the graduate program in music education, and supervises associate teachers. He received a B.M. in French Horn Performance and Music Education from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the M.M.E. & Ph.D. in Music Education from Indiana University. His research is centered on parental involvement in music, musical performance measurement, and research methodology. He has authored more than 30 articles in various professional journals. A recent recipient of a research grant from the NAMM Foundation’s Sounds of Learning Project, Dr. Zdzinski has made presentations at international, national and state music education conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Perspectives in Music Education, and Psychology of Music. Dr. Zdzinski is also a contributor to the National Assessment of Education Progress Music Test. He is a member of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, Society for Research in Music Education, Society for Music Teacher Education, International Society for Music Education, and the College Music Society. Dr. Zdzinski also established the New Horizons Band at the Frost School of Music, a dynamic community outreach program for seniors.
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Music Education
Corin Overland is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Music Education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he teaches courses in choral conducting, choral literature and secondary choral methods. Overland received a Ph.D. in Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he held teaching and research assistantship positions. Overland holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a B.A. in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Dr. Overland has taught choral music at the secondary level for 14 years in Minnesota, Maryland, and Missouri, and holds multiple teaching certifications in choral, instrumental and general music. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, he was the Director of Choral Music at Punahou Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii: the nation’s largest private school. He frequently appears as guest conductor and clinician for local and national events, serving most recently as the conductor of All-State Jr. Honor Choirs in Oregon and Delaware. His research interests include the history of music education organizations; integrated-arts school reform models; and the effects of musical training on physical coordination and timing. He has presented research nationally and internationally, and is published in the Journal of Research in Historical Music Education and the Music Educator’s Journal.