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2015 High School Division Faculty


Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically. 

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John W. White, Music TheoryJohn W. White, Music Theory
Associate Professor of Music Theory, History, and Composition, Ithaca College; Ph.D. in Music Theory, Indiana University
  • Co-developer of the TAKADIMI beat-oriented system of rhythm solfege.
  • Author of articles in The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, College Music Symposium, and ex Tempore.
  • Presenter at numerous national and regional conferences on the analysis of free improvisation, the music of the chamber ensemble Oregon, rhythm skills pedagogy, improvisation pedagogy, and the analysis of vernacular musics with regard to semiotic codes and cultural values.

Throughout his years of association with Ithaca College, John W. White has taught a number of courses including select graduate courses in analysis, all courses in the undergraduate theory and sightsinging sequence, Introduction to Musical Styles, form and analysis, analysis of 20th-century music, advanced aural skills, class piano, and other specialized courses such as Choral Arranging, Orchestration, Special Topics: Analysis and Performance, History of the American Musical Theater, and Music and the Media. He is also a regular faculty member of the Ithaca College Summer Piano Institute. In the past few years, he has been increasingly active as a clinician at workshops devoted to jazz theory and improvisation.

John remains active as a professional pianist specializing in diversity and is equally at home in the worlds of jazz, classical, and popular music. Highlights of his performing experience include ongoing duo and small group collaborations with jazz vocalist and free improviser Rhiannon, appearances with jazz performers Wycliffe Gordon and Tony Baker, workshop accompaniment for Dr. Barbara Baker (choral director and scholar of Black Gospel music), and freelance appearances with numerous jazz musicians in the upstate New York region. Currently he is also the Music Director and Organist for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ithaca, NY.

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