Christopher Azzara

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Pianist, arranger, author, and Associate Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music, Christopher Azzara has made important contributions to advancing the understanding of creativity and improvisation in the music learning process. Teaching and performing internationally, he is the author of numerous articles, arrangements, and books, including Developing Musicianship Through Improvisation and Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series (GIA Publications, Oxford University Press). Dr. Azzara's work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Early Childhood Connections, Music Educators Journal, and The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning. He performs as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles, including the Chris Azzara Quartet, and has played on and produced studio and educational recordings.

Christopher Azzara is a native of Virginia and attended public schools in Fairfax County. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from George Mason University, he taught instrumental music in the Fairfax County Public Schools and performed as a pianist in the Washington, D.C. area. He later received his Master of Music and his Ph.D. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining the Eastman faculty, Dr. Azzara was Associate Professor of Music Education at The Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre of the University of Hartford, CT. His research and publications are concerned with meaningful relationships among listening, creating, improvising, reading, composing, and analyzing music in vocal and instrumental settings