Robert T. Stroker
Dean, Boyer College of Music and Dance and Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts
Vice Provost for the Arts, Temple University
Dr. Robert T. Stroker was appointed Dean of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in 2002, at which time he was also appointed Professor of Music Education. He is also Dean of the Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts. He served as Interim Dean and Dean of the Tyler School of Art from 2009-2015.
Prior to coming to Temple, Dean Stroker was Associate Dean, Head of Music Education, Interim Chair of Divisions of Music and Dance, and, Director of the Meadows Percussion Ensemble at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Dean Stroker has presented papers and lectures at numerous music and higher education conferences throughout the United States and Europe, as well as Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the Netherlands. He has been a guest clinician/conductor/adjudicator at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, World Association of Symphonic Bands and College Band Directors National Association.
He has published extensively on the topics of music education and pedagogy. Dean Stroker is the recipient numerous awards, including the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University, Advocacy Award from the American Music Therapy Association, Penn State University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, International Musiktage Vocklabruck Award and Singing City's 60th Year Celebration Award.
He is President of and Producer for BCM&D Records at the Boyer College, during which time three recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards (see below). As an advocate for new music and providing opportunities for music students to work with major composers, he has commissioned several orchestral and jazz words by noted composers such as Dave Brubeck, Michael Daugherty, Bill Cunliffe and John Clayton.
As Vice Provost for the Arts, he has established Arts Grants for Research and Creative Achievement; a Vice Provost for the Arts Student Advisory Committee and the TU Arts Lunchtime Series to engage administrators and non-arts faculty.
As Director of the Meadows Percussion Ensemble from 1993-2002, he directed recordings on Gasparo Records; presented numerous presentations, workshops and master classes at international and national music conferences and festivals throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.
Dean Stroker holds a B.M. in Music Performance and a B.M. in Music Education from Michigan State University; M.M. in Music Performance from Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University, and the Certificate in Leadership and Management in Higher Education from Harvard University.
As Executive Producer and Producer of BCM&D Records at the Boyer College:
Dear Dizzy: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie featuring Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis and the Temple University Jazz Band (2015)
- Reflections on the Mississippi for tuba and orchestra, Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2013)
- Waken the Dawn: African-American Words and Music, Temple University Concert Choir (2013)
Nostalgia in Corcovado, Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2013)
Music from the Harpsichord Miscellany, Joyce Lindorff, harpsichord (2013)
2012 Grammy Nomination: Music of Ansel Adams: America, Temple University Symphony Orchestra
2012 Grammy Nomination: Overture, Waltz and Rondo, Temple University Symphony Orchestra
2010 Grammy Nomination: fourth stream...La Banda, Temple University Symphony Orchestra
To Thad, with Love, Temple University Jazz Band (2011)
Select Lectures and Paper Presentations:
Recruiting and Mentoring University Faculty, Guest Speaker, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (December, 2009)
Leadership Challenges in Higher Education. Guest Lecturer, University of North Texas, Denton, TX (March, 2005; April, 2006)
Strategic Planning: Accounting for Success. Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA (December, 2003)
The Professional Educator. Keynote Speaker, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Chicago, IL (August, 2003)
Teacher Education. Focus Session, Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division, Providence, RI (March, 2003)
The Emerging American Wind Band. World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Conference, Lucerne, Switzerland (July, 2001)
Beyond the Basics: Teaching for Higher Level Thinking in the Music Classroom. The College Music Society International Conference, Limerick, Ireland
Music Education of Our Times: An Integrated Approach. International Society of Music Educators (ISME) World Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (July, 2000)
Comprehensive Musicianship Beyond 2000: Curricula for the Next Century. The International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) and Global Arts Conferences, Auckland, New Zealand (October, 1999)
Developing Ideal Practice Skills. The College Music Society Conference, (Mike Hewitt, co-presenter), Denver, Colorado (October, 1999)
Comprehensive Musicianship Revisited for the Twenty-First Century. The College Music Society International Conference, Kyoto, Japan (June, 1999)
Ubuntu: Creating a Caring, Sharing and Universal Music Curriculum. International Society of Music Educators (ISME) World Conference, Pretoria, South Africa (July, 1998)
Where Did You Learn That?: Creating a Stronger Partnership Between the School Music Program and Private Instructors. Music Educators National
Conference (MENC) 56th National Biennial Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (April, 1998)
Musicianship Skills in the Performance Based Class. International Society of Music Educators (ISME) World Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The National Art Standards: Implications for the Public School Wind Bands in the United States. International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Band Music (IGEB) International Conference, Mainz, Germany (July, 1996)
Successful Interview Techniques and Resume Writing Skills for Music Educators. Texas Music Educators Association, State Conference, San Antonio, TX (February, 1996)
The American Band Contest Movement: 1875-1940. World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Conference, Hammamatsu, Japan (July, 1995)
Finding Your First Music Teaching Position. Texas Music Educators Association, State Conference, San Antonio, TX (February, 1995)
Relationships Between University Music Teachers and Cooperating Music Teachers in the Student Teaching Process. Southern Division Music Educators National Conference. Regional Conference, Winston-Salem, NC
Classroom Discipline. Music Education Seminar, The University of Texas-Arlington (October, 1994)
Student teaching and teacher thinking styles: A comparison between cooperating music teachers and higher education music methods teachers. Southeastern Music Education Symposium. Annual Conference, Athens, GA (May, 1994)
Developing a Music Education Dissertation. Panel discussion at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Symposium, East Lansing, MI, (October, 1991)
Referred Publications and Books:
The Professional Music Educator, (co-authored book). 2010. Pearson Education
The American Band Contest Movement: 1875-1940. Journal of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, 3, 33-40, 1996
Teaching Musicianship Skills in the Performance Based Class. The Universal Language Abstracts: International Society for Music Education, 1, 240-241, 1996
Student Teaching and Teacher Thinking Styles: A Comparison Between Cooperating Music Teachers and Higher Education Music Methods Teachers. Southeastern Journal of Music Education, 6, 64-72, 1996
Human Relation Skills for the First-Year Music Teacher. Connections, 10, (1), 11-13, 1995
Assertive Evaluation. Southwestern Musician, 64, 6-7, 1994
A Comparison of Selected Areas of Thinking Styles Between Music Cooperating Teachers and Higher Education Music Methods Teachers. Texas Music Education Research, 81-86, 1994. (referred reports of research presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Music Educators Association)