Jerry Kerlin

Jerry Kerlin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Music

Music Building, Room 28
Monday by appt; Tuesday 2:00-4:00PM; Wednesday by appt; Thursday 7:00-8:00PM; Friday by appt.
1 (914) 323-5256

About Me

Jerry Kerlin arrived at Manhattanville in fall 2006. To honor the impressive history of music education studies here – it has been offered since 1932 – Dr. Kerlin has developed courses that include history, philosophy, and current debates in the teaching and learning of music. Some of his innovations to the curriculum are the inclusion of song, music, and dance of the New York Irish, other world musics, and the psychology of music. He founded and continues to serve as director of the Kodály Summer Institute at New York University; Dr. Kerlin also cofounded the Kodály Organization of New York and currently serves on the national board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. His research interests include musicing among the New York Irish, ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology, and the psychology of music. Dr. Kerlin has particular interest in the Manhattanville Music Curriculum Project and he has revived the Manhattanville College Chapter of the National Association for Music Education.

Dr. Kerlin works to guide musician-educators-in-training toward owning a philosophical base, knowing a body of musical literature to support the study of music elements, and being experienced in designing music activities that will ignite the wonder of the music students with whom they will one day work.

Current Courses
First Year Program: World Musics: Understanding Peoples Through Their Traditional Music, Song, and Dance
Ear Training
Music Curriculum and Pedagogy I: Childhood
Music Curriculum and Pedagogy II: Adolescence
History and Current Debates in Music Education
Psychology of Music
Professional History
New York University
University of Calgary
Westminster Choir College of Rider University
The Spence School
Music Education, Ph.D., New York University
Kodály Diploma, University of Calgary
Music Education, Master of Arts, Washington University
Music Education, Bachelor of Science, Washington University
Feature Publications


"The Transmission of Song Among the New York Irish"


Awards & Grants

Graduate Research Grant, New York University Aer Lingus Living Tradition Award