Researcher Educator Musician
11/6/19: Georgia State University published an article and music video featuring my research. See article
8/13/19: My research on far-transfer effects of instruction with a focus on improvisation was just published in the Journal for Research in Music Education. Here I show the improvisation instruction may have additional cognitive benefits over and above that of traditional music instruction. See article
Research in musical improvisation
I study musical improvisation from several different angles. For my dissertation, I used qualitative interviews to investigate cognitive processes underlying artist-level jazz musician's improvisations. Later I used corpus analysis of Charlie Parker solos to look for patterns, computer modeling, and experimental paradigms to further understanding of cognitive underpinnings. See my articles on Google Scholar here:
Courses at Georgia State University
As a professor at Georgia State University, I teach string methods classes on the undergraduate level and research methods, psychology of music, and neuroscience of music on the graduate level. Go to the GSU site for more information.
Educational materials for jazz strings
I have published a number of jazz string instruction books on Mel Bay publications. Jazz Fiddle Wizard is for advanced violinists who want to learn to improvise within the jazz tradition. The Wizard junior series is for middle and high school violinists and can be used in groups. I also have several published orchestra pieces published by The FJH Music Company and Alfred Music Publishing.
Georgia State University - School of Music