Brian Wesolowski

Associate Professor of Music Education

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University of Miami, Ph.D (music education)
University of North Texas, M.M. (jazz studies)
Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music, M.M.E. (music education)
Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music, B.M. (jazz performance, music education)      


Brian Wesolowski is an Associate Professor of Music Education in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. His teaching focuses on graduate music education, including quantitative research design, assessment and policy in education and music, educational measurement, and statistical programming. His primary research interest includes the study of rater behavior, scale development, policy of educational assessment, and broad applications of assessment, measurement, and evaluation in large-scale testing and classroom contexts. He has worked closely with numerous state Departments of Education, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), the National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Study, and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards on music assessment and policy-related matters. 

He continues to present research papers internationally and nationally and has over 50 peer-reviewed articles/chapters forthcoming or published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Educational Measurement, Educational Assessment, Research Studies in Music Education, PloS one, Music Perception, The Journal of New Music Research, Musicae Scientiae, International Journal of Music Education, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Research Perspectives in Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, Research and Issues in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Saxophone Symposium, Florida Music Director, and Georgia Music News. He has contributed chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and EvaluationAuthentic Assessments for Music: The Model Cornerstone Assessment Research Project, and Developing and Applying Assessments in the Music Classroom.

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

As a saxophonist, he has toured internationally with Natalie Cole, The Pussycat Dolls, Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, Jane Monheit and has recorded national spots for Carnival Cruise Lines, Sandals Resorts, and Hardrock Casinos, among many others. He has studied jazz improvisation 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). Dr. Wesolowski is fluent in Logic Pro, Ableton, and Native Instruments Maschine and in his spare time composes and produces various EDM, neo-soul, and hip hop-influenced tracks.   

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