Dr. West is Assistant Professor of music education at Ithaca College where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. His degrees are from University of Michigan (Ph.D.), University of Georgia (M.M.Ed.), and Arizona State University (B.M.). Prior to his appointment at Ithaca College, Dr. West taught music education at Adrian College and was the Allen P. Britton graduate teaching assistant at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has 8 years experience as a public school band director and served as the Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony.
Dr. West has performed as a trumpeter for Princess Cruise Lines, Etowah Jazz Society, the Saline Big Band, and for numerous light operas and community ensembles. He serves often as a clinician for school honor bands throughout New York and as a NYSSMA adjudicator. His arrangement of, What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life was premiered by the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble in fall, 2010.
Dr. West's research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and Contributions to Music Education. He is the author of two chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education, two chapters in Curriculum and Assessment in Music (GIA), and currently has a book contract with Oxford University Press titled, Teaching School Jazz: Perspectives, Principles and Strategies. He is a frequent presenter at state and national and international music education conferences on the topics of preservice music teacher education, contemporary music ensembles, beginning jazz improvisation, and mixed methods research design. He serves on the editorial review board of Music Educators Journal, and his wife Amy teaches elementary general music in Johnson City, NY.