Music

Faculty

Office:
Dr. Keith Kelly

Degrees:
  • B.M. in Music Education - University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music (2000)
  • B.M. in Performance (Saxophone) - University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music (2000)
  • M.M. in Music Education (Jazz) - Arizona State University (2003)
  • D.M.A. in Music Education (Jazz) - Arizona State University (2013)

Courses Taught:
  • MTC 130 - Jazz Theory
  • MUP 181 - Jazz Combo
  • MUP 163 - Composers/Improvisers Big Band
  • MHL 145 - American Jazz and Popular Music
  • MHL 155 - Survey of American Music (HONORS)
  • MHL 153 - Rock Music and Culture

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Saxophonist and educator Keith Kelly, a San Francisco Bay Area native, holds a BM in Performance (Saxophone) and a BM in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, an MM in Music Education (Jazz Studies) and DMA in Music Education (Jazz Studies) from Arizona State University. Currently, he the Coordinator of Music Humanities at Paradise Valley Community College and the Director of Education for The Nash, the premier jazz education and performance organization in Phoenix, AZ.
  • As a woodwind specialist, he has toured with the Eels, Darlene Love, The Scorpion Decides, Under The Streetlamp, and his own free-jazz group, Ask Not. Kelly has performed with a wide variety of musical ensembles including: Crossing 32nd St, CONDER/dance company, Boxhead Ensemble,The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson, The Temptations, Glen Campbell, Diana Schuur, and numerous tv/radio/music personalities. Kelly has performed in or supervised over 35 different musical theater productions throughout Northern California and the greater Southwest, including "The Unfortunates" - which debuted at ACT's The Strand Theater in San Francisco in 2016, with his original horn arrangements.
  • As a recording artist, he can be heard on records by: Eels, Califone, Dispatch, The Scorpion Decides, Static Announcements, Max Knouse, Mike Wilkinson, Casey Hurt, Sweetbleeders, and CooBeeCoo. Edgetone Records release many of Kelly's instrumental/jazz/improvised recordings, including the groups: Ask Not, Running From Bears, and Slender Loris.
  • As a researcher, his focus is on creativity/improvisation, jazz ensemble and improvisation pedagogy, jazz education in undergraduate teacher preparation programs, gender and music participation, and the early history of public school jazz education. He has presented research and/or clinics at conferences for: CMEA, AzMEA, NIME, and JEN. He continues to act as a PhD dissertation supervisor for Boston University.
  • As a collegiate music educator, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific, Boston University (Online), Arizona State University, and was Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Jazz Studies at California State University, Stanislaus.
  • Dr. Keith Kelly is an Andreas Eastman Saxophone Artist/Endorser.
  • www.keithbkelly.com

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Faculty Senate President-Elect: 2016-18
  • PVCC Faculty Senate President: 2018-19
Office:
Brett Reed, DMA

Degrees:
  • BMA, Percussion Performance, University of New Mexico
  • MA, Percussion Performance, University of California, San Diego
  • DMA, Percussion Performance, University of California, San Diego

Courses Taught:
  • Studio Recording I (MUC195)
  • Studio Recording II (MUC196)
  • Studio Recording III (MUC295)
  • Music Business: Merchandising and the Law (MUC109)
  • Music Business: Recording and Mass Media (MUC110)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Performance and composition specializing in contemporary and improvised music, audio engineering and production

Teaching Interest/Philosophy: Everything is a collaboration, plan accordingly.


Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (Residential faculty since 2005)
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Degrees:
  • BM, Music Composition, ASU
  • MM, Music Composition, ASU

Courses Taught:
  • Music Theory 1 - MTC 105 / Aural Perception 1 - MTC 106
  • Music Theory 2 - MTC 155 / Aural Perception 2 - MTC 156
  • Music Theory 3 - MTC 205 / Aural Perception 3 - MTC 206
  • Music Theory 4 - MTC 255 / Aural Perception 4 - MTC 256
  • Music Theory Independent Study - MTC 298
  • Introduction to Music Theory - MTC 101
  • Improvisation Ensemble - MUP 181
  • Openscore Ensemble (contemporary classical music) - MUP 181

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Microtonality and Tuning Systems
  • Advanced Rhythm Techniques
  • Contemporary Classical Music

Professional Activities:
  • Faculty Associate at Arizona State University
  • Composer/Performer
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Degrees:
  • BM, Percussion Performance with a Jazz Emphasis, Arizona State University
  • MM, Jazz Performance, Arizona State University

Courses Taught:
  • Survey of American Music (MHL 155)
  • American Jazz and Popular Music Online (MHL 145)
  • Rock Band (MUL 158)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Music History, Music Performance, Improvised Music

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (Adjunct faculty since 2013)
  • SCC (Adjunct faculty since 2014)
  • GCC (Adjunct faculty since 2017)
  • PC (Adjunct faculty since 2018)
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Degrees:
  • BME, Indiana University
  • MM in Violin Performance, Indiana University

Courses Taught:
  • Applied Violin
  • Applied Viola

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • String Pedagogy

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC since 2018, GCC since 1996
  • Principal 2nd Violin, Arizona Opera - current
  • 1st Violin section, Tucson Symphony Orchestra
  • Assistant Professor, Calvin College,
  • Instructor, Eastern Illinois University
  • 2nd Violin section, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
Office:
Josh Bennett

Degrees:
  • BM, Performance, UMKC Conservatory of Music
  • MM, Performance, ASU School of Music

Courses Taught:
  • MHL 143, MHL 145, MHL 153, MHL 155

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Research interests include Rock/Jazz/Art/World Music history, cultural history, aesthetics, performance, theory, and philosophy.

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC adjunct professor since 2010
  • Teaching Assistant at ASU for Daniel Bernard Roumain from 2016 - 2018
  • Private instructor at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children since 2016.
Office:
Dr. Lee Ann Chivers

Degrees:
  • BM, University of Redlands
  • MM, University of Redlands
  • DMA, Arizona State University

Courses Taught:
  • Survey of American Music - MHL 155
  • Chamber Music/Flute Ensemble - MUP 181
  • Flute Choir - MUP 185
  • Private lessons/Flute - MUP 101, 151, 201, 251

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Pedagogical practice for flute and for general classroom teaching; teaching tools for all levels of flute instruction, to better assist flutists to improve their skills wherever they are in the process.

Professional Activities:
  • Member of several professional organizations (the American Federation of Musicians; the National Flute Association; Associated Chamber Music Players)
  • Adjunct Instructor on faculties at various Universities and Colleges since 1990
  • Adjunct Instructor at PVCC since 2009
Office:
Michael Ferraro

Degrees:
  • BS Communication
  • MM Music Education

Courses Taught:
  • Rock Music & Culture (MHL153)
  • Song & Melody Forms (MTC112)
  • Songwriting Techniques (MTC113)
  • Private Instruction:Guitar (MUP101)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Guitar, music technology, musical creativity, music history.

Professional Activities:
  • Private Guitar Instructor
  • Music Performer
  • Beat Lab Facilitator
  • Community Musician
Office:
Dr. Grieser

Degrees:
  • BA Music Education
  • MEd Counseling
  • DMA

Courses Taught:
  • MUP 181 String Ensemble

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • My current research interests include pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in music education settings and the instructional challenges that occur due to limited content knowledge. Additionally, I am interested in further research in content-specific and pedagogical-specific knowledge as it relates to preservice and professional development curricula for music teachers. My doctoral dissertation was a study of string specialists’ and non-string specialists’ content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge of string-specific techniques. The findings from the research support previous studies that suggest teachers with limited content knowledge might choose less challenging instructional strategies.

Professional Activities:
  • PUBLICATIONS/CONFERENCE
    • American String Teachers Association
    • ASTA Research Poster Session 2018
    • Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Preparation of String Teachers
    • Tanglewood Conversation
    • Boston University, 2017
    • Arizona Music Educators Association
    • Teaching Strategies for the Intermediate String Class, 2017
    • Strategies for String Technique: Shifting, Vibrato and Spiccato Bowing, 2016
    • Massachusetts Music Educators Association
    • Strategies for String Technique: Shifting, Vibrato and Spiccato Bowing, 2017
    • Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic
    • Desert Vista Chamber Ensemble, 2017 SERVICE TO PROFESSION
    • Arizona Band Orchestra Directors Association
    • Vice-President - Junior High Orchestra Activities, 2007-2011
    • Kyrene Music Fine Arts Steering Committee
    • Teacher Representative, 1997-2015
    • American String Teachers Association-Arizona Chapter
    • Secretary, 1995-1997
  • MEMBERSHIPS AND SERVICE
    • American String Teachers Association
    • Kyrene Music and Fine Arts Association
    • National Association for Music Education
    • National Education Association
    • Society for Music Perception and Cognition
    • Technology Institute for Music Education
Office:

Degrees:
  • All in the field experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry. Currently #20 on the Billboard charts

Courses Taught:
  • Digital audio workstation 1, Digital audio workstation2, Live Sound, Introduction to audio mixing techniques, Electronic dance music production.
  • Teaching/Research Interests: Furthering the use of digital modeling to make recording affordable for students

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Furthering the use of digital modeling to make recording affordable for students

Professional Activities:
  • John Keenan is a famed music producer who has produced, remixed, and mastered releases for top artists such as Beyoncé, Pet Shop Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliot, Philip George, Kelly Rowland, Billie Ray Martin, and countless others. With 12 top 25 Billboard charting hits from 2016 until today and several #1 singles on the Billboard Dance Chart, John is highly attuned to current musical trends.
  • John got his start at age 19 as an intern at Clearwater Studios in Seattle, WA. In 1996, John founded JCK Music Productions and formed a partnership with esteemed DJ and songwriter, Mark Picchiotti (owner of Blueplate Records). Since then, Keenan has worked with the industry’s biggest names, producing Frank Stallone’s rendition of “Take You Back” (for the iconic film Rocky Balboa) as well as nearly 2 albums of material for actress Michelle Johnson (Blame It on Rio). John is also a globally renowned remixer, being featured on releases alongside Grammy-winners Babyface and Dave Dave Audé. Recently, his remix of "GLTCHLFE" by actress Taryn Manning (of the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black) went #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart.
  • In addition, John Keenan is a supremely skilled mastering engineer with 25+ years of experience and knowledge at his disposal. As he continues to work with acts such as Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), develop upcoming artists, and produce killer remixes that climb the charts and rock the house, Keenan is truly a tastemaker.
Office:
Mrs. Snezana Krstic

Degrees:
  • Bachelor in Music, Belgrade University School of Music, Yugoslavia/Serbia
  • Specialization (Stazirovka), Moscow, Tchaikovsky Academic Music College, Moscow State Conservatory, Russia
  • Master Degree in Piano Performance, Belgrade University School of Music, Yugoslavia/Serbia

Courses Taught:
  • Private Instructions: MUP 101, 102, 131, 151, 152, 201, 202, 251, 252
  • Class Piano: MUP 131,132, 231, 232
  • Piano Ensemble: MUP 181

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • In her native Yugoslavia (Serbia) Snezana Krstic was active as a pianist, professor of music, and a member of several chamber ensembles and the recipient of numerous awards for piano solo and chamber ensembles. As a student she received a prestigious City of Belgrade October Award in 1982.
  • For 15 years, she was a professor of piano at the Kragujevac School of Music, where she received the award for best pedagogy results. Mrs. Krstic has performed in Italy, Russia, Germany, France, and Hungary. Since she moved to the United States (1999), she joined the Music Teacher National Association and is an active member of the Phoenix Music Teacher Association. She has been the chairperson of the PMTA Celebration of Music (now Caroline and Dean Elder) Piano Competition (2009-2011) and regularly judges for Arizona Study Program piano examinations and piano competitions. She frequently performs as a soloist, and with chamber ensembles. She is the Founding Director of the Arizona Piano Institute, a one-week summer program designed for aspiring young pianists pre-college and college level. She resides in North Phoenix, with her husband and three daughters.

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Adjunct Faculty member since 2004
Office:
Pamela Morita

Degrees:
  • Bachelor's and Master of Music

Courses Taught:
  • Music Ensemble Jazz Combo
  • Private jazz piano lessons

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Jazz concerts and jams

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Adjunct Faculty member since 2011
Office:
Ashley Oakley

Degrees:
  • DMA, Arizona State University
  • MM, Arizona State University
  • BM, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Courses Taught:
  • MHL 155
  • MHL 153

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Music and culture

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC adjunct faculty since 2013
Office:
Anthony Obr

Degrees:
  • BFA, Digital Art, Arizona State University

Courses Taught:
  • Electronic Music I (MTC191)
  • Electronic Music II (MTC192)
  • Electronic Music III (MTC291)
  • Sound Design I (MUC122)
  • Multi-Media Ensemble (MUP181)
  • Computer Based Sound Synthesis (MTC193)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Electronic music and sound design with an emphasis on synthesizers, and specifically modular synthesizers.

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (adjunct faculty since 2014),
  • Principal sound designer for echo:system multi-media performance since 2013
  • Various work in sound design and composition

Degrees:
  • BA, Jazz Studies, Arizona State University
  • MA, Jazz Studies & Improvised Music, University of Washington

Courses Taught:
  • MHL 155 - Survey of American Music
  • MTC 101 - Intro to Music Theory
  • MUP158 - Rock Band
  • MUP 101/102 - Guitar Instruction

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Music Performance, Improvisation, Composing, Songwriting

Professional Activities:
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Degrees:
  • DMA, Vocal Performance, University of Arizona
  • MFA, Music, University of California, Irvine
  • BA, Vocal Performance, Pepperdine University

Courses Taught:
  • Vocal Performance (MUP101AA, 102AA, 152AA)
  • Voice & Diction (THP271/COM271)
  • Music Theatre Workshop (MUP270/THP270)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Research in Rossini's Definition of the Contralto
  • Evolution of Community Outreach in Opera Companies in the US

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC Adjunct faculty since 2014, Adjunct Professor Pepperdine University, Augustana College. Presenter, Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities Jan 2019,
  • Workshops “Accents and Dialects” and "Auditions" PVCC Theatre Department, Music Director "Secret in the Wings" PVCC. Operatic Roles with University of Arizona, University of Iowa, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Bronx Opera, Opera Memphis, Santa Fe Opera. Music Theatre roles with Opera a la Carte, Off-Broadway production, Lyric Opera San Diego. Appearances as soloist with the Phoenix Symphony and Memphis Symphony. Professional chorister with Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific.
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Degrees:
  • Doctorate of Musical Arts, Arizona State University
  • Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, Arizona State University
  • Master of Music in Clarinet Performance, Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Music (clarinet) and Anthropology Minor, University of Miami (FL)

Courses Taught:
  • Survey of American Music (MHL155)
  • Music and World Cultures (MHL143)
  • Rock Music and Culture (MHL153)
  • American Jazz and Popular Music (MHL145)
  • Private Instruction: Clarinet (MUP101AD)

Chamber Music Ensemble (MUP181)


Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Katherine Palmer, clarinetist and educator, enjoys a multifaceted musical career and works as a performing musician, educator, and arts administrator. Katherine performs with the Mill Ave Chamber Players and has appeared with a variety of musical groups throughout Phoenix and Arizona. Currently the Curator of Education at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, she is in charge of developing, teaching, and training others to deliver educational content. Additionally, Katherine is an adjunct instructor of clarinet and music humanities at Paradise Valley Community College, a Faculty Associate in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at ASU, and maintains a private teaching schedule.
  • Katherine is the Executive Director of Daraja Music Initiative (DMI), a non-profit organization that provides music and conservation education in Moshi, Tanzania during the summer months to primary and secondary students. Aiming to bridge the arts and sciences, DMI promotes sustainability of African Blackwood trees that clarinets – and other instruments – are constructed from.
  • In addition to frequent national and regional appearances, Katherine has also presented papers, workshops, and performances at international conferences for College Music Society (2013, 2017), International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), and International Society for Music Education (2016). Katherine completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Miami (FL) in clarinet performance with a minor in anthropology and a Masters of Music in clarinet performance at ASU. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in clarinet performance and Masters of Arts in ethnomusicology from ASU, as well. Her primary teachers include Anthony Ciccarelli, Margaret Donaghue, and Robert Spring.

Professional Activities:
  • Member: College Music Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, International Clarinet Association, Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Degrees:
  • Shepherd University Los Angeles, M.A. in Film Scoring
  • Longy School of Music of Bard College, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Arizona State University, Doctor of Philosophy in Music (Ph.D.) 2018-21

Courses Taught:
  • MUP 181 Latin Jazz Ensemble

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Multiculturalism and global perspective through engaging students in performing music from different areas in the Caribbean and South America.

Professional Activities:
  • Learning and Engagement for Adjunct Development (LEAD) conference
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Degrees:
  • D.M.A. Saxophone Performance, Arizona State University
  • M.M. Saxophone Performance, University of Oregon
  • B.A. Music, University of Northern Iowa

Courses Taught:
  • MHL 145 American Jazz & Popular Music
  • MHL 155 Survey of American Music
  • MHL 153 Rock Music & Culture
  • Private Saxophone Instruction
  • Jazz Improvisation

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Saxophone performance, American music history, African-American music, jazz improvisation

Professional Activities:
  • Professional musician locally and regionally performing in a variety of styles.
  • Member of the American Federation of Musicians
  • Instructor of Music Humanities at University of Arizona North Valley
  • Instructor of Saxophone at Grand Canyon University