Ph.D. Historical Musicology - UF
M.A. Music Ed - UCF
B.Mus. Jazz guitar - Rowan
A self-taught guitarist with a few violin lessons behind him, Dr. G grew up playing guitar and singing works by artists such as CSN(Y), Pink Floyd, and the Beatles. He studied guitar with Ahmet Sabri, jazz guitar with Perry Lopez and Joe Federico, and classical guitar with Joseph Mayes, Eladio Scharrón, and Welson Tremura. He has performed in Normandy at the Moulin d'Ande, and toured Florida with Jacaré Brazil.
The composer Stella Sung encouraged him to pursue musicology with David Z. Kushner at Florida. As a musicologist he has lectured around the world in cities such as Bangkok, Chicago, Granada, Honolulu, New York, Portland, San Antonio, and San Francisco. He has written extensively for Salem Press and produced 30 articles for Oxford University Press's <i>New Grove Dictionary of American Music</i>. He teaches Jazz, Music of Latin America, and The Symphony at La Salle University and serves as an archival consultant to the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music. His research on the Work Progress Administration (WPA) and Pan American orchestral music in the 1930s and 1940s has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, <i>American Music</i> (“The ABCs of the WPA Music Copying Project and the Fleisher Collection.” <i>American Music</i> (26, Winter 2008). He has appeared as a special guest on the WRTI program, <i>Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection</i>.
An eternal Beatles fan, he still enjoys mildly obscure progressive rock (Genesis with Peter Gabriel, Caravan, Yes, Steeleye Span). His studies have him consumed with 20th c. Pan American orchestral music (Chavez, Cowell, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Ayala, Contreras, Galindo, Moncayo, Revueltas) while he pedagogically probes myriad transcontinental popular styles.