Cecil Adderley, Ph.D., Chair of Berklee’s Music Education Department, has over 38 years of teaching experience at the junior/senior high school (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools), and college levels. He has performed professionally in the Charlotte Community Band (NC) as a clarinetist, and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (NC) as a violinist.  He has served as a US Congressional Intern on Capital Hill, Chair of the Northborough School Committee, member of the Northborough Cultural Council, New Jersey Music Educators Association as the Higher Education Representative, as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International (DCI), and Past-President to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.

Dr. Adderley has written and published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Choral Journal, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, and Strategies for Teaching: Technology.  Cecil Adderley is also one of the contributing authors to, Musical Experience in Our Lives: Expanding the Boundaries of Music Education, Chapter 13, Music in Motion: An Overture to the Student Experience in the Outdoor Music Ensemble.  Dr. Adderley holds a B.S. from Western Carolina University, an M.M. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.  In addition, he serves on the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) Equity Committee, NAfME Music Teacher Profession Advisory Committee, ISME (International Society for Music Education) Advocacy Committee, and currently the President-Elect of NAfME (National Association for Music Education).

Job Position

Chair, Music Education


Berklee College of Music

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