B.A. with Popular Music Emphasis - Faculty

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

*David Kerzner, Area Coordinator, associate professor, coordinator of BA in Popular Music, coordinator of BM in Sound Engineering Arts, M.S., B.S. College of Fredonia, State University of New York.

Professor David Kerzner holds a master's degree in computer- aided composition from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a bachelor's degree in sound recording technology with a dual major in mathematics/physics. His students have been the recipients of Grammy and Emmy awards and have worked with artists at the highest levels of the music industry. He has been responsible for the creation of 3 academic programs during his 20-year academic career. Professor Kerzner has also written music for film and for video. Clients have included: Alarm Will Sound, Clark Terry, Albany Records, Naxos Records, Crystal Records, Warren Miller Enterprises, Sherri Lewis, Independence Jazz Reunion, and Temple Town records. In addition, Professor Kerzner continues to be active as a guitarist playing in a wide variety of jazz, rock, soul, and theatrical ensembles.

Gregg Bendian is a three-time ASCAP Composer Award winner who has written extensively for chamber, jazz, rock groups, and television/film soundtracks. Gregg speaks in great detail about his approach to composition, as well as the extensive self-produced discography of his own music and his production and consultation work for SONY/Legacy. Gregg Bendian has worked with some of the strongest personalities in contemporary music. Gregg has been a clinician for DW/Paiste/Musser/LP for over 15 years and is featured in the book, "Percussion Profiles: Interviews, Articles & Discographies of 25 of the World's Most Creative Percussionists" (Soundworld Publishers/FMR Records).

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