Jay Dorfman is professor and coordinator of music education in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from the University of Miami (FL) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Northwestern University (IL). Prior appointments include an assistant professorship in music education at Boston University and assistant and associate professorships in music education at Kent State University. Dr. Dorfman was a high school instrumental and technology-based music teacher in Broward County, Florida.
Dr. Dorfman is the past-president of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and has relationships as an ambassador for several music technology companies. He is an Executive Board member and Communications Chair for the Society for Music Teacher Education.
Dr. Dorfman’s research interests include music education technology, music teacher education, popular and vernacular music education, and curriculum development in music. His research has been published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, The Journal of Music Teacher Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, and in several state music education publications. He is the author of “Theory and Practice of Technology-based Music Instruction “(Oxford University Press, 2022, 2nd edition), a contributor to several handbooks in music education research, and co-editor of “Music Education Research in the 21st Century: Theories, Questions, Problems, and Methodological Pluralism” (Springer, 2018). Dr. Dorfman is also a frequent presenter at state and national music education conferences.