Jay Stoltzfus

Assistant Professor of Music Education/ Brass Coordinator


Ph.DMusic EducationEastman School of Music, University of Rochester
M.A. Music Education: Conducting, Wind LiteratureMansfield University
B.M. Ed.Music EducationMansfield University

Professional Experience

  • Recently retired from a 31-year career in K-12 education that included both teaching and administrative positions.
  • Selected to field test a new instrumental music method book by Frank Ticheli and Gregory Rudgers, and to pilot the Harmony Bridge program for Michael Levine, founder of Dallas Brass and Harmony Bridge.
  • Served as an adjunct professor of Music Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh PA., and as Chair of the Fine Arts Department for the Elmira City School District (ECSD) in Elmira, NY.
  • Represented the ECSD in a series of panel discussion hosted by the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Arts Education Partnership in Washington, D.C. that resulted in a publication entitled Gaining the Arts Advantage: More Lessons From School Districts That Value Arts Education.
  • Listed as a contributor to Strategies for Teaching: Technology published by the Music Educators National Conference, and is the author of The Effects of Audiation-Based Composition on the Music Achievement of Elementary Wind and Percussion Students.
  • Veteran of the United States Army where he served in numerous positions for the 6th United States Army Band at the Presidio of San Francisco, CA.



Teaching Interests

I enjoy exploring different approaches to instrumental music instruction in order to help students develop music reading and performance skills more effectively and efficiently within the small and large ensemble.

Research/Creative Works

My current research interests include the role of improvisation and composition in the music reading process, and the ideal of music for all – for life.