Dr. Daniel Deutsch taught composition and theory in the Three Village Central School District (Stony Brook, NY) until his retirement in 2013.  He was founding chair of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Council for Music Composition and also of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Composition/Improvisation Committee. In these two positions he helped to establish and develop programs to aid the learning, teaching, and recognition of composition at the state, divisional, and national levels.  In recognition of this work, he received the NAfME Lowell Mason Award and the NYSSMA Distinguished Service Award.  Other honors include the National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship Grant, Columbia University’s Rapaport Composition Prize, the University of Chicago Distinguished Educator Award, and two Harvard Club of Long Island Distinguished Teacher Awards.

Dr. Deutsch studied composition at Yale University (BA, magna cum laude, with high honors in music), Stony Brook University (MA), and Columbia University (DMA).  He is a contributing author of two Oxford University Press books: The Oxford Handbook of Music Composition Pedagogy (forthcoming) and Composing Our Future: Preparing Music Educators to Teach Composition. His articles have been published in Music Educators Journal and many state music education journals. (2023)


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