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Dr. David Gonzol

Professor and Director
Director of Music Education
Shepherd University
United States of America


 David J. Gonzol is Professor, Director of Music Education at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. A New Jersey native, he holds degrees from Messiah College and Temple University. His PhD is from the University of Maryland at College Park. At the University of St. Thomas, he earned Mastery Certificates in the Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk approaches. He taught music in public schools in Pennsylvania and Idaho, and at colleges and universities there, as well as in Maryland and Minnesota. He has taught Kodaly certification courses at Shepherd and DePaul Universities. In 2009, he was awarded Shepherd University’s first-ever Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award.

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 Dr. Gonzol is a frequent clinician, giving presentations to chapters as well as state, regional, and national conferences of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators and the American Orff Schulwerk Association. He is a visiting educator at area schools and libraries, and his research is published in the Philosophy of Music Education Review, Kodaly Envoy, and The Mountain Lake Reader. He has directed school and church choirs, including choral festivals in West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia. He is the founder and director of the Shepherd Preparatory Chorus and the Shepherd University Kodaly-Orff Ensemble. In 2005, Schott published a collection of his Orff arrangements, Round the Corner and Away We Go. Dr. Gonzol is a member of NAfME, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the American Recorder Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Mu Alpha; he is also a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota.

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