Dan Yoder, Director, Jazz Studies
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Dan Yoder serves as director of jazz studies. In this capacity, he teaches jazz history, jazz harmony and arranging, improvisation, and pedagogy. During his eighteen years on the faculty, the jazz program has grown to include three jazz bands and six combos. Centre Dimensions, the top jazz band directed by Yoder, has achieved acclaim at jazz festivals throughout the Midwest and East Coast.
Among his publications are compositions for jazz ensemble, saxophone quartet, and saxophone ensemble. He has published articles in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association News, Westwind, and Jazz Educators Journal. His textbook, Beginning Improvisation, is published by Prentice-Hall.
Professor Yoder is a past president of the Pennsylvania Unit of International Association of Jazz Educators.