Michael Patrick Wall is an independent researcher and instrumental music teacher in a middle school in New Jersey, where he directs the concert bands, jazz ensembles, chamber groups, and improvisation ensembles.  His research interests include democratic practice and improvisation in music education.  More specifically, his work examines what and how students learn during improvisation activities as well as exploring alternate conceptualizations of the traditional school instrumental music program.  Dr. Wall holds an Ed.D. and Ed.M. in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.A. and B.A. in Music Education from Montclair State University.


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