Frost School of Music Announces Retirements of Dr. Joyce Jordan and Dr. Nicholas DeCarbo

May 13, 2011 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost School of Music today announced the retirements of Dr. Joyce Jordan and Dr. Nicholas DeCarbo.

Both Jordan and DeCarbo had long and valued tenures at the Frost School of Music and strongly supported the University of Miami Bands and UM MusicTime.

Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo served as professor and chair of the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She is published widely and is an active researcher in early childhood music. She has presented at international, national, state and regional conferences. Professor Jordan-DeCarbo is a past-president of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and published regularly in the early childhood music journal, Early Childhood Connections. She is the co-author of the chapter, “Music and Early Childhood Education,” in the New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning. She received a B.A. degree from Brescia College, an M.M. degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. degree from Kent State University. Professor Jordan-DeCarbo serves on the editorial advisory board of Early Childhood Connections, the only music journal that advocates for music and movement-based learning for children birth to eight years old. She is also the research review editor for that journal. In addition, she is the consulting advisor for and past-president of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.

Nicholas DeCarbo served as Associate Dean of Administration and Professor of Music Education at the University of Miami where he taught conducting and undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental methods, and supervised associate teachers. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, DeCarbo attended Youngstown State University where he received bachelor and master’s degrees in music and received the Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University. 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. He has published research in the major journals in music education including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Contributions to Music Education, Research Perspectives in Music Education, and Music Educators Journal. DeCarbo serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States.

Download the 2011 Score Magazine to read more (see page 37).


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Dr. Joyce Jordan DeCarbo, pictured above, and Dr. Nicholas DeCarbo retired from the Frost School of Music's Department of Music Education in May 2011.