Daniel Albert is an assistant professor of music education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, his Master of Music (Music Education) degree from the University of Michigan, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from Michigan State University. Dr. Albert was previously Assistant Professor of Music, Human Development, and Learning at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. Prior to graduate studies, Dr. Albert taught classroom general music and instrumental music for 11 years at Glenbrook and Williams Middle Schools in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Additionally, Dr. Albert was Chairperson, Immediate Past Chairperson, and Treasurer of the Western District of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, Western District Representative to the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association’s Executive Board, and a member of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Arts Education Advisory Council.
Dr. Albert has presented research papers and posters at national and international conferences, including the National Association for Music Education’s Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, the World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, the International Conference for Research in Music Education, and Michigan State University’s New Directions in Music Education Conference. He has authored and co-authored research and research-based practitioner articles that are published in several journals, including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Education Research, Psychology of Music, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Research Studies in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Contributions to Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, The Instrumentalist, Michigan Music Educator, and the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal.
As part of his service to the profession, Dr. Albert serves as a member of the Editorial Committee of Music Educators Journal, the world’s most widely read peer-reviewed music education journal, and is a member of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Council of Research and Teacher Education. His research interests include pre-service music teacher education curricula, pre-service and in-service music teacher identity, culture and community in music education, and pre- and in-service teacher mentoring practices.
A strong proponent of partnerships with K-12 music educators and arts organizations, Dr. Albert continues to be active as a presenter at state, regional, national, and international music education conferences, has been a featured clinician at schools throughout New England, and, as a public school music teacher, has collaborated with composers and the Community Music School of Springfield (Massachusetts) to create artist-in-residence programs and commissioning projects that enrich the education of school music students.
Dr. Albert has conducted several regional honors ensembles in Massachusetts and Vermont, participated in conducting symposia at the University of Minnesota, the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has studied
conducting with Craig Kirchhoff, Michael Haithcock, Glen Adsit, Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr., and Bud Beyer. Daniel studied percussion with Eduardo Leandro, Thomas Hannum, Peter Tanner, and William Hanley, and continues to make music as a freelance percussionist.