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Richard Devore

Richard Devore is associate professor of music theory at Kent State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in ear training, the history of music theory, music theory pedagogy and various aspects of music analysis. His Ph.D. and M.A. in music theory are from the University of Iowa, where he studied with W.T. Atcherson, Richard Hervig, William Hibbard and Donald Jenni. He also holds a B.Mus. in piano performance from Kent State University, where he studied piano with Lois Ozanich and Robert Palmieri and composition and theory with James Waters and Walter Watson.

Dr. Devore’s current areas of research include the pedagogy of music theory, the history of music theory in the United States and various other areas of American music. He has published articles in Theoria, Indiana Theory Review and the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. He has presented papers at numerous international, national and regional conferences, including International Conferences on Music Perception and Cognition and national meetings of the Society for Music Theory and the Society for American Music. Dr. Devore is also active as a piano accompanist and volunteer church musician.

Patricia Grutzmacher

Dr. Grutzmacher is professor emeritus and coordinator of music education at Kent State University. She was one of the developers of the Kent State University Master of Music in music education program and serves as coordinator for the MMME Capstone. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and advises for doctoral dissertations. From 1983 to 2009 she was the director of instrumental music at Kent State University Stark Campus, where she taught courses in music education, world music, music history and applied oboe; directed chamber ensembles; and founded and conducted the Kent State Stark Concert Band. Dr. Grutzmacher served as department coordinator of the Kent State Stark Music Department from 2003 to 2009. She is a Diplomat of the Sudler Order of Merit, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to recognize her contributions to the excellence of bands and band music performance. Her biography is included in the 1998, 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. The American Association of University Women presented her an award in April 2001 for her achievements in programming and promoting university diversity events. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Akron, a master’s degree from The Ohio State University and a doctor of philosophy degree from Kent State University.

Prior to her work at Kent State University, Dr. Grutzmacher taught elementary general and instrumental music in the Wooster City Schools in Wooster, Ohio. She is a recipient of the Kent State University Stark Campus Distinguished Teaching Award and the University of Akron School of Music Distinguished Music Educator Alumni Award. Dr. Grutzmacher has presented general music clinic sessions for the Ohio Music Education Association Districts V, VI, and VIII; for the Cleveland parochial schools; and at state and national conferences. She has conducted high school honor bands for the Ohio Music Education Association District VIII; in Wayne, Medina and Tuscarawas counties of Ohio; and in Twinsburg, Ohio. In addition, she has directed arts integration projects in numerous school systems in a four-county area and has made presentations on curricular arts integration at national, regional and state professional conferences. For a number of years she has taught music in a summer arts-focused English language camp in Zalecze Wielkie, Poland. An accomplished oboist, Dr. Grutzmacher performs with the Sounds of Sousa professional concert band.

Craig Resta

Craig Resta earned degrees from the University of Maryland College Park (PhD), Indiana University (MM), and Baylor University (BME). His teaching experience has encompassed rural, urban, and suburban settings in each geographical region of the United States having worked in Texas, Indiana, California, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, and Ohio. Teaching positions have included elementary and middle school orchestra and instrumental settings, and extensive work with students from early elementary through doctoral levels in music education.

Dr. Resta holds research interests in string pedagogy, sociocultural paradigms in music education, educational leadership and arts education advocacy, and educator preparation at multiple levels. He has presented at professional conferences for the Maryland, Georgia, and Ohio Music Education Associations (MMEA, GMEA, OMEA), Music Educators National Conference/National Association for Music Education (MENC/NAFME) Eastern and North Central Divisions, and the GMEA Collegiate Music Educators Conference (CMENC). Other research, clinic, and panel sessions include the Chattanooga Symposium on the History of Music Education (NAFME/HSRIG), American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conference, the International Society for Music Education (ISME), College Music Society (CMS), and the Colloquium for Instrumental Music Teacher Educators (IMTE).

His work is published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Maryland Music Educator, New Jersey Tempo, and American String Teacher. He is also a contributor to the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music produced by Oxford University Press. Dr. Resta has adjudicated school music events in Texas, Maryland, Georgia, and Ohio, worked as Advocacy Chair on the Maryland MEA Executive Board, is a Music and Education Scholar for the Ohio Humanities Council, and is a sitting member of the International Society for Music Education History Standing Committee. He is a member of the OMEA Research Committee, has served on the Editorial Board of Contributions to Music Education, and is presently Editor of the journal.

His principal violin teachers include Kevin Lawrence, Stanley Ritchie, and Davis Brooks. Research mentors are Marie McCarthy, Thomas Binkley, and Harry Elzinga. Performing experience includes programs at The Round Top and Princeton Festivals, The Berkeley and Boston Early Music Festivals, and The Bloomington and Washington (DC) Early Music Festivals. Concert and workshop appearances include venues in Texas, Indiana, Utah, Tennessee, Ohio, California, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Massachusetts, and New Jersey; and abroad in Switzerland, Germany, and China. He is a member of the groups Armonia Nova and Bernardus, scholarship-based ensembles focusing on medieval repertoire, literature, and culture.

An instrumental and string specialist, Dr. Resta is currently Associate Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Kent State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in string pedagogy, pre-service music teacher education, instrumental music teaching, and music education research and foundational studies.

Andrew Shahriari

Andrew Shahriari earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Kent State University in 2001. He has published two books, Khon Muang Music and Dance Traditions of North Thailand by White Lotus Co. Ltd., and World Music: A Global Journey (co-authored with Kent State Professor Emeritus Terry E. Miller), published by Routledge. His fieldwork experiences have taken him to Thailand, China, Europe, Mexico and many regions of the United States. Dr. Shahriari is an assistant professor at Kent State and coordinator of online programs for music. Other areas of interest include popular world music, rock music history, East Asian music and culture, music and spirituality, and music therapy and autism.


Christopher J. Venesile

Christopher J. Venesile, Ph.D., is assistant professor of choral music education at Kent State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, coordinates the 100 percent online Master of Music in music education degree and directs the new Kent State University Nova Jazz Singers, which serves in part as the vocal ensemble component for the new jazz minor. Dr. Venesile earned degrees from Case Western Reserve University (Ph.D.), Cleveland State University (M.M.) and The Ohio State University (B.M.E). His public school teaching experience includes the Independence, Brooklyn and North Olmsted, Ohio, school districts. His college/university teaching has included Cuyahoga Community College — Western and Metro campuses, Youngstown State University and Kent State University.

Dr. Venesile’s research interests include teacher education, online learning, educational policy-making and vocal jazz. He has presented at professional conferences for the Ohio Music Education Association, Jazz Education Network Conference and American Choral Directors Association — Central Division. Other research, clinic, poster and panel sessions include the Society for Music Teacher Education Conference (Greensboro, North Carolina), American Choral Directors Association National Conference (Dallas) and International Association of Jazz Educators Conference (Long Beach, California). His articles have been published by the Ohio MEA publication TRIAD and the Ohio Choral Directors Association newsletter.


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