Nicholas J. DeCarbo

Title/Position: Associate Dean Emeritus, Administration; Professor Emeritus of Music Education

Profile:

 
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

  1. Conducting Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (with Lucine Amara as Butterfly) with the Youngstown (OH) Opera Orchestra and Chorus when maestro Franz Bibo became ill

  2. Hearing Frederick Fennell, Col. Arnald Gabriel, and William Revelli conduct my Symphonic Band (West Middlesex (PA) High School) during the same concert at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh

  3. Being named one of two Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants at Kent State University in 1981

  4. Receiving the Phillip and Patricia Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship in 2005

  5. Addressed the students and faculty from Capital Normal University and the Beijing Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China

Why did you choose music as your career?

From the earliest years of my childhood, I knew that music was going to be my career. After my parents provided me with the opportunity to hear countless live concerts, I knew that I wanted to be a part of making those sounds that I heard.

Why should a potential student choose the University of Miami?

The Frost School is a place where fabulous musicians, scholars, and teachers collaborate.

Career Highlights:

Nicholas DeCarbo is a prolific author of articles and papers on music education. Widely respected in the United States for his expertise, Dr. D. is past editor of the prestigious journal Research Perspectives in Music Education.

Dean DeCarbo has seen his work published in

  * Journal of Research in Music Education

  * Journal of Band Research

  * Contributions to Music Education

  * Research Perspectives in Music Education

Dr. DeCarbo began his teaching career in the public schools of Pennsylvania where he taught instrumental music at the elementary, junior high, and senior high school levels for ten years, and served as music director and conductor of the Youngstown (OH) Symphony Youth Orchestra for ten years.

DeCarbo serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and is Associate Dean of Administration and Professor of Music Education at the University of Miami where he teaches conducting and undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental methods, and supervises associate teachers.

Short Biography:

Dr. Nicholas DeCarbo is associate dean emeritus of Administration and professor emeritus of music education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he taught conducting and undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental methods. He retired in 2011 after 29 years of teaching. He also supervised associate teachers for the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy, and coordinated the activities of the UM Honor Band Festival. Dr. DeCarbo began his teaching career in the public schools of Pennsylvania where he taught instrumental music at the elementary, junior high, and senior high school levels for ten years, and served as music director and conductor of the Youngstown (OH) Symphony Youth Orchestra for ten years. Dr. DeCarbo continues an active professional life as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and enjoys following the careers of his former students who are esteemed educators worldwide. Nicholas DeCarbo is a prolific author of articles and papers on music education. Widely respected in the United States for his expertise, he is past editor of the prestigious journal Research Perspectives in Music Education.


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"I remember attending a remarkable performance of the Beethoven Symphony No. 9. After the last notes sounded, a friend, who was sitting next to me, asked, 'Well, what do you think?' I started to respond, but instead just wept."        —Nick DeCarbo


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