Theory and Aural Skills Faculty

Megan Lavengood

Theory & Aural Skills
Director: Dr. Megan Lavengood


  • Angela Ammerman

    Adjunct Faculty, MUSIC EDUCATION and AURAL SKILLS, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Angela 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.
  • James Carroll

    Professor of JAZZ STUDIES and Director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Professor 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.
  • John Healey

    Adjunct Faculty, PIANO and AURAL SKILLS, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Dr. 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.
  • John Kocur

    Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies, SAXOPHONE, Jazz Workshop, Jazz Studies, Jazz History, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Saxophonist, 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.”
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    Director of MUSIC THEORY, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Megan L. Lavengood, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Director of Music Theory at George Mason University. Her research primarily deals with popular music, video game music, timbre, synthesizers, and recording techniques.
  • Anthony Maiello


    Anthony 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.
  • Dr. Simon Prosser's headshot

    Assistant professor of THEORY and AURAL SKILLS, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Simon Prosser is the newly appointed Term Assistant Professor of Theory and Aural Skills at George Mason University, effective August 2023. Dr. Prosser previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Dr. Prosser holds the BA in Music from the University of Toronto (2010), the MA in Music from Indiana University (2012) and the PhD from the Graduate Center from the City University of New York (2021).
  • Elaine Rendler

    Professor, MUSIC THEORY and ORGAN, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Elaine 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.
  • Adam Rothenberg

    Adjunct Faculty, MUSIC IN COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY and MUSIC THEORY, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Prof. Adam Rothernburg is an adjunct faculty in Music in Computer Technology and Music Theory & Composition
  • Kathleen Smith

    Adjunct Faculty, AURAL SKILLS and Graduate Theory Review, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Dr. 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.