Who we are?

Rick Dammers (RD)is the Dean of the College of Performing Arts and Professor of Music Education at Rowan University.  Prior to becoming Dean, Rick served as Chair of the Music Department for six years, and led the university-wide tenure and recontracting committee. During his time as chair, the music department grew in student enrollment,  faculty size, and external funding. He continues to teach courses in technology-based music education, as well as the Exploring Medicine through Musical Composition selective course at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University.  In addition to his duties as Dean, his research interests include comprehensive musicianship and technology in music education, and he co-facilitates the NAMM funded TI:ME Music Technology Leadership Academy, a national program for undergraduate and graduate music education students.

 

Before to teaching at Rowan, Rick was a music teacher (band and technology) and the Fine Arts Facilitator in the Ladue School District in suburban St. Louis for 13 years.  He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern University; and a Masters and PhD in Music Education from the University of Illinois.  He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu, and is an honorary Friends of the Arts member of Sigma Alpha Iota. 


David Brian Williams' (DBW) career has included teaching and administrative appointments at Illinois State University, SWRL Educational Research Laboratory, the University of Washington, and the University of Guam. Dr. Williams holds a BMEd and a MM degree from Northwestern Louisiana State University and a PhD in Systematic Musicology from the University of Washington. His technology work broadly covers multimedia and Internet applications, music and arts technology education, the development of software applications for music education, and the management of information and instructional technology resources. He chaired the MENC task force for developing Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music Technology, in 2001, received the Illinois Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award for his work in music technology, has been active in the TI:ME organization since its inception in 1995, and is a past president of The College Music Society.  Williams is co-author of the widely used textbook, Experiencing Music Technology, with Peter Webster. They are now working on a new 4th edition to be publish by Oxford University Press.  He plays clarinet and bari sax and dabbles at composition.  Visit his website at http://www.coach4technology.net.


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