Having completed eight years as Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Calgary, Dr. Jerry Kerlin returned to New York City where he was appointed Associate Professor of Music at Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York. At Manhattanville College, he has proposed and created several new courses in Music Education Studies—Culture Studies and World Musics in the Classroom, The Transmission of Song Among the New York Irish, and Psychology of Music. He has redesigned existing course work to reflect the study of history, philosophy, and current debates in the teaching and learning of music. He has also reorganized the collegiate chapter of the Music Educators National Conference—MCMENC (Manhattanville College Music Educators National Conference).
During his years in Canada he served many music organizations: appointment to the Alberta Kodály Association board and the Kodály Society of Canada Board, workshop presentations for the Alberta Teachers Association Conference, Alberta Kodály Association, British Columbia Music Educators Association, Greater Edmonton Teachers' Conference Association, Might Peace Teachers' Convention (Grande Prairie), Nova Scotia Kodály Society of Canada, and participation in the Calgary Chinese Music Development Association (erhu and idiophones/membranophones).
Dr. Jerry Kerlin founded (1989) and directs the Kodály Summer Institute at New York University—a Kodály Certificate Program endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. He has served as an adjunct professor at both New York University and Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He has taught the Irish Song and Irish Song Performance classes at the Irish Arts Center, New York City. He has presented workshops in Kodály-based music education for the New York City Public Schools, Hicksville Public Schools, East Orange Public Schools, New Jersey Music Educators Association, Diller-Quaile Music School (Manhattan), Greenwich House Music School (Manhattan), KODÁLY/New Jersey, and the Kodály Organization of New York, which he cofounded in 1985. Research presentations have been given for the New York State School Music Association, the Methodologies in Music Education Research Conference, School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Music Educators National Conference (Phoenix 1998), the American Conference of Children's Museums, the American Conference for Irish Studies (University of Notre Dame 2005), and the College Music Society (Ville de Québec 2005). He has organized as Eastern Division President, Organization of American Kodály Educators, the conference ENDLESS SONG ~ A Seminar in Song and Musicianship for Elementary and Middle School Music, The Hartt School, University of Hartford. He has published a monograph on Irish song—The Transmission of Song Among the New York Irish: Teaching, Learning, and Irish Sensibility (Verlag Dr. Müller 2008). Articles and reviews have appeared in New York Irish History: Journal of the New York Irish History Roundtable, KONY News (newsletter of the Kodály Organization of New York), Ephatha: The Journal of the Alberta Kodály Association, The Canadian Folk Music Bulletin, and Alla Breve: Journal of the Kodály Society of Canada. Summer 1996 he won the Bronze Medal in Amhráin Fír (Singing, Men Over 18), Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Music Festival of Ireland known as "The All Ireland"), Lios Tuathail, Bhord Chontae Chiarraí (Listowel, County Kerry), Éire (Ireland).
Dr. Jerry Kerlin has completed BS and MA degrees in Music Education at Washington University (Saint Louis), the Kodály Certificate at the University of Calgary (with Lois Choksy), and has completed a PhD in Music Education at New York University. He served for twelve years as Chair of the Music Theory/Literature Department of the Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan where he worked with private and public school classes in musicianship. He has taught Lower School Music at The Spence School, New York City. Dr. Kerlin conducts ongoing research among the New York Irish during the summertime.
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