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Ph.D.

2012

The University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Music Education

M.M.

2008

The University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Jazz Studies

M.M.E.

2003

Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH

Music Education

B.M.

2003       

Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH

Music Education/Jazz Performance

Dr. Brian Wesolowski is an Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music with a teaching focus in music assessment and policy, educational measurement, psychometrics, and quantitative research methodology.

Dr. Wesolowski’s research interests include rater behavior, scale development, policy of educational assessment, and the cognition, action, perception, and expressiveness in improvised jazz and groove-based performances. He has worked closely with the Georgia Department of Education, NAfME’s Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Study, and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards on music assessment-related matters. He continues to present research papers internationally and nationally and has articles forthcoming or published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation, Educational Assessment, The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education, Music Perception, Musicae Scientiae, International Journal of Music Education, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Research Perspectives in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Saxophone Symposium, Florida Music Director, and Georgia Music News.

Wesolowski currently serves as the chair-elect of NAfME’s Assessment Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) and serves of the editorial review committees of Music Educators Journal and the Journal of Research in Music Performance. As a free service to the music education profession, Dr. Wesolowski also hosts the Music Research Nexus.

Wesolowski is former associate band director at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, FL, a Grammy Signature, Mark of Excellence, and National Wind Band Honors program. His bands, orchestras, and jazz bands consistently received straight superior ratings at district and state performance evaluations. In 2005, J.P. Taravella piloted the Yamaha Harmony Director and partnered with composer Yo Goto, Yamaha, and Bravo Music to record the DVD, “Harmony Training for the Ensemble.”

Wesolowski was honored as the recipient of the Theodore Presser Scholarship Award at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and can be seen in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers of 2003, 2004, and 2005.

At the University of North Texas, he was a teaching fellow where he directed the Seven O’Clock Jazz Lab Band.

As a saxophonist, Dr. Wesolowski has performed, toured, and/or recorded with notables Natalie Cole, The Pussycat Dolls, Lalah Hathaway, Norman Brown, Erykah Badu, and Jane Monheit, among many others. His studio work in Miami included national spots for Carnival Cruise Lines, Sandals Resorts, Telemundo, Pet Supermarket, and Hardrock Casinos, among others.

He has studied jazz improvisation/saxophone principally with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Riggs, Gary Bartz, and Don Walden and clarinet with Thomas Martin (Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops) and Kenneth Grant (Rochester Philharmonic).