Jay Dorfman

Jay Dorfman

School of Music
Associate Professor - Coordinator of Music Education
Office Location:
C312A Center for the Performing Arts
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Jay Dorfman is associate 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 the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Northwestern University (IL). Prior appointments include an assistant professorship in music education at Boston University, and an assistant professorship 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 serves that organization as membership chair. He has also been acknowledged with credentials as a Sibelius Ambassador, a MusicFirst Ambassador, and an M-Audio M-Powered Educator.

Dr. Dorfman’s research interests include music education technology, music teacher 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, 2013), contributor to several handbooks in music education research and co-editor of the forthcoming 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.

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Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, Music Technology