In 2012, I joined the University of Wisconsin - Madison as the inaugural holder of the John and Carolyn Peterson Chair in Jazz Studies. At UW, I spearheaded the development of an undergraduate jazz studies major that was launched in the fall of 2014. At UW, I teach applied jazz piano, jazz theory, the UW Jazz Orchestra, the UW Blue Note Ensemble, and the UW Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, and I work with doctoral music students who are completing a minor in jazz studies.

Prior to my appointment at UW Madison, I served as the Director of Jazz Studies at California State University East Bay from 2007 to 2012. I also taught as an adjunct faculty member at New York University (1997-2007) and at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (2003-2007).

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Please check out for the latest information on the jazz program at UW Madison. To learn more about the jazz ensembles at UW Madison, go to do not currently accept private students, but would be happy to recommend teachers.

For information about the UW High School Honors Jazz Band and to register for an audition, please visit

To hear me spout off about jazz piano, check out this program from Wisconsin Public Radio's University of the Air:


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