Theory & Aural Skills
Director: Dr. Megan Lavengood
Adjunct Professor of Music, MUSIC EDUCATION and AURAL SKILLS, Dewberry School of Music, CVPAAngela Ammerman, referred to by the Washington Post as the first “music teacher prodigy,” earned degrees in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and her PhD from George Mason University.
Professor of JAZZ STUDIES and Director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Dewberry School of Music, CVPAProfessor Jim Carroll has a versatile background ranging from tours with Michael Jackson to Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd. Jim received both his Undergraduate and Graduate training from Indiana University under the tutelage of David Baker and Eugene Rousseau.
Adjunct Faculty, PIANO and AURAL SKILLS, Dewberry School of Music, CVPADr. John Paul Healey has served on the piano faculty of George Mason University’s School of Music since 2004. Since then he has performed with students, faculty members and as a soloist in most of the performance venues on campus. He has been included as an annual faculty presenter in GMU’s Piano Pedagogy Seminars since 2009.
Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies, SAXOPHONE, Jazz Workshop, Jazz Studies, Jazz History, Dewberry School of Music, CVPASaxophonist, composer, and educator John Kocur is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at George Mason University. He previously taught at Northern Virginia Community College where he directed the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble. He serves as a saxophonist with the 257th Army Band of the D.C. National Guard, “the Band of the Nation’s Capital.”
Director of MUSIC THEORY, Dewberry School of Music, CVPADr. Megan Lavengood (Ph.D. City University of New York, 2017) is a music theorist specializing in popular music, timbre, the 1980s, synthesizers, and Schenkerian analysis. Her dissertation establishes a new approach to the analysis of timbre.
INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING and AURAL SKILLS, Dewberry School of Music, CVPAAnthony J. Maiello is Professor of Music and University Professor at George Mason University. Professor Maiello teaches applied lessons in Conducting, Aural Skills, and classes in Instrumental Conducting.
Professor, MUSIC THEORY and ORGAN, Dewberry School of Music, CVPAElaine Rendler-McQueeney, received a Doctor of Musical Arts in organ with minors in theory and liturgy from The Catholic University of America under the tutelage of Daniel Roth (St. Sulpice, Paris) and Conrad Bernier.
Adjunct Faculty, MUSIC IN COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY and MUSIC THEORY, Dewberry School of Music, CVPAProf. Adam Rothernburg is an adjunct faculty in Music in Computer Technology and Music Theory & Composition
Director of COMPOSITION and Director of MUSIC AND WELL-BEING Programs, Dewberry School of Music, CVPAGlenn Smith is a composer, teacher, performance-artist, and sound healer. He has written more than 500 pieces, including choral, chamber and orchestral works, as well as jazz and electronic music for concert, dance, video, film and television.
Adjunct Faculty, AURAL SKILLS and Graduate Theory Review, Dewberry School of Music, CVPADr. Kathleen Smith began teaching at George Mason in 2011. She received her masters and doctoral degrees in Music Theory from Florida State University where she was honored with a university-wide Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. She has served on the faculty of George Washington University, Northern Virginia Community College at Alexandria, and Shenandoah Conservatory.