Daniel Albert is Assistant Professor of Music, Human Development, and Learning at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. 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.
Prior to graduate studies, Albert taught classroom general music, sixth grade small group band lessons, and all bands for 11 years at Glenbrook and Williams Middle Schools in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Additionally, Daniel 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.
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 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 papers and articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, 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 News. As part of his service to the profession, Albert is serving a four-year term as a member of the Editorial Committee of Music Educators Journal, the world’s most widely read peer reviewed music education journal. His research interests include pre-service music teacher education curricula, pre-service and in-service music teacher identity, culture and community in music education, pre- and in-service teacher mentoring practices, and developing means of accessing music education opportunities for children and adult learners.
A strong proponent of partnerships with K-12 music educators and arts organizations, Albert continues to be active as a presenter at state, regional, and national music education conferences, has been a featured clinician at schools throughout New England, and, as a public school music teacher, has collaborated with local artists 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.
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 and vocalist.