B.A. with Popular Music Emphasis - Faculty

Viewing the world of Popular Music through the study of Social Media and Songwriting

*David Philp Area Coordinator, 20+ years experience in the entertainment world working for PolyGram Records, the Universal Music Group, New Video (home video distributor of the A&E Network, History Channel & Biography Channel content), The Edge With Jake Sasseville (independent television show), and Greater Media Broadcasting (WDHA & WMTR radio).  He is currently the music coordinator at the Wayne United Methodist Church and Chief Organizer Guy of YouChoose Music, a live music events company that raises oodles of big dollars for great non-profits.  He has one wife and two children.

Gregg Bendian is a percussionist/composer/producer/educator/podcaster from Teaneck, New Jersey. During his wide-ranging career he has toured internationally and recorded with Todd Rundgren, Jan Hammer, The Mahavishnu Project, Keneally-Bendian-Lunn, The Musical Box, John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Nels Cline, Cecil Taylor, Pat Metheny, Ornette Coleman, and Zoot Horn Rollo. On the academic front, Gregg develops and teaches courses in studio production aesthetics, music history, composition, and arranging at William Paterson University of New Jersey. For the Yale Oral History of American Music, he has contributed over 150 expansive interviews with major figures including Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Carla Bley, and Steve Reich. Bendian is archivist/producer for the Bottom LIne Archive of historic concerts. Recorded over 30 years at the Greenwich Village venue, the series features discs by Jack Bruce with Billy Cobham, The Brecker Bros, Lou Reed/Kris Kristofferson, Pete Seeger/Roger McGuinn, and Doc Watson. An accomplished percussionist and a composer of over 200 works, he has created a body of innovative music for jazz, rock, percussion (solo and ensemble) and mixed chamber groups, which includes his Interzone and Trio Pianissimo bands. Gregg's music is used extensively in CBS-TV's "48 Hours" and "48 Hours Mystery" and is published by Iamuziks (ASCAP). Begun in August of 2020, "The ProgCast with Gregg Bendian" explores the creative process and musical history of a diverse assortment of cutting edge artists.

Martin Briley has become one of the most prominent writers in America, he has received orchestral commissions, and has written songs for such artists as Celine Dion, *NSYNC, Dream, Michael Bolton, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar, Jessica Andrews, 5-Star, Jeff Healey, Rebecca St. James, Nana Mouskouri, Willy Nile, Gregg Allman and Barry Manilow, to name a few. As an instrumentalist he has recorded and/or performed with Julian Lennon, Bonnie Tyler, Neil Sedaka, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Engelbert Humperdinck, Lulu, Mick Jones, Donna Summer, Dan Huff, Cliff Richards, Charlie Pride, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Michel Legrand, the Hollies, Anton Fig, Chris Squire, Meatloaf, Tom Jones, Albert Hammond, and many others.

Ann Lathan Kerzner, Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania, M.A. Bowling Green University, B.M. State University of New York at Fredonia, Owner: Jonas Music Services.

Dr. Lathan Kerzner earned her doctoral and masters degrees in music composition while simultaneously gaining valuable experience in arts administration. She formed Jonas Music Services to serve the arts community with marketing and entrepreneurial consultation as well as general marketing services. Dr. Lathan has developed marketing and promotions for a wide number of organizations and artists including: Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Orchestra 2001, Jazzheads Records, Michele Kim (Principle, NY Philharmonic), Jay Leonhart, Cindy Blackman, American String Teachers Association, Reuben Rogers, Wycliff Gordon, and others.

Whitney Slaten PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, Columbia University, B.M. William Paterson University

Professor Slaten’s forthcoming ethnographic dissertation examines relationships between technological and social instances of fidelity within the context of professional live sound reinforcement engineering. This research contributes to scholarship about music, technology, liveness, labor studies, and working class studies. Slaten has worked as a live sound reinforcement and recording engineer in New York City and has taught music history and sound engineering courses at Seton Hall University and Columbia University.

* full-time faculty

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