Dr. Mervyn R. Joseph

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Associate Professor

Mervyn R. Joseph is an Associate Professor of Music Education at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He teaches music education classes, supervises pre-service teachers in the area K-12 public schools, and is a State of Ohio & Pearson certified Praxis and edTPA assessor/scorer for First-Year Teachers.

Mr. Joseph received his BME and MA degrees in music from Andrews University in 1976 and 1977 with emphases in instrumental/trumpet and general music. He studied trumpet privately with Bob Uthe and Pat Silver. After graduating from Andrews University, Joseph taught at Caribbean Union College in Trinidad & Tobago for eleven years as band director and instrumental teacher and worked in the elementary teacher training program. While at CUC, Joseph provided enthusiastic leadership to the band and music program and performed throughout Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean.

In 1988, Mr. Joseph accepted a position at Miami Union Academy, Florida, as band and music director. During his five years there he developed a dynamic band program that included successful concerts, band tours, and participation in the regional music festivals.

In 1999, Mr. Joseph completed a PhD degree in music education at Indiana University-Bloomington where he also taught in the music education department as an associate instructor. During the 1999-2000 school year, he was a visiting adjunct professor of music education at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.

Dr. Joseph is originally from the Caribbean island of Tobago and is married to the former Gloria Degannes, also from Tobago, and they are the parents of two adult children.

2016 marks Dr. Joseph's 16th year at Central State University where he continues to provide steady, dynamic leadership in music education--successfully preparing reflective music educators who demonstrate professional dispositions and are knowledgeable in the content and practice of their craft.