Dr. James Mick is an assistant professor of music education at Ithaca College in upstate New York. He teaches courses in string pedagogy, orchestral rehearsal techniques, instrumental conducting, and contemporary ensembles in the public schools. Additionally, he teaches and oversees all Ithaca College underclassmen music education majors through the Introductory Music Education Sequence.
An active clinician, Dr. Mick has recently presented at many local and national conferences including the National American String Teachers Association Conference (ASTA), the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, the New York State School Music Association Summer and Winter Conferences (NYSSMA), and the Florida Music Educators Association Conferences (FMEA). He has also been an invited guest speaker at a variety of institutions of higher education including recent visits to Cornell University, the University of Kentucky, and Hartwick College.
In addition to his guest presentation opportunities, Dr. Mick is a passionate music educator and supporter of the public school music systems. He is currently President-Elect of the New York American String Teachers Association and he frequently works with public school students of all ages. Guest conducting engagements include frequent all-county and area all-state orchestras throughout New York and upcoming engagements in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Dr. Mick is also the Music Director of the Ithaca Community Orchestra.
An active performer, Dr. Mick has performed double bass with a wide array of ensembles throughout the country including Symphoria in Syracuse, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Lone Star Wind Symphony, Central New York Winds, Galen Jeter Big Band, Johnny Case Trio, and even a rock band that performed on Austin’s 6th Street during the famed South by Southwest music festival. As a soloist, Dr. Mick has performed for Gary Karr, Paul Ellison, Jeff Bradetich, Hal Robinson, David Murray, and Joel Quarrington.
Originally a native of Kansas, Dr. Mick has taught elementary and middle school orchestra in Texas, and high school orchestra and jazz in New York. Dr. Mick holds degrees in Music Education from Florida State University (Ph.D.), Ithaca College (M.M.), and Texas Christian University (B.M.E.). His research interests include string instrument vibrato, music preferences, and performance perceptions. He has most recently published articles in the String Research Journal, Contributions to Music Education, The Bridge, and the Florida Music Director. Outside of his academic pursuits, Dr. Mick is an avid bicyclist who enjoys spending time outdoors surrounded by nature and indoors restoring his 132-year-old downtown Ithaca home.