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Nathan Buonviri


Music Education


    • B.M.E. Music Education, Susquehanna University
      M.M.   Percussion Performance, Southern Methodist University
      Ph.D.   Music Education, Temple University

      An instrumental specialist, Nate Buonviri is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Temple, where he has taught Percussion Methods, Introduction to Music Teaching and Learning, Teaching Instrumental Music to Inclusive Populations, Theory I, Jazz Education—Instrumental, Collaboration and Creativity, Measurement and Evaluation, and Music Education Through Contemporary Ensembles. Before coming to Temple, he taught instrumental music in high schools in Texas and California.

      Buonviri has presented research and workshops at local, regional, national, and international conferences. His main research interest is aural skills pedagogy, with additional interests in percussion performance and pedagogy, and jazz pedagogy. He is published in Journal of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Percussive Notes, The Instrumentalist, Research and Issues in Music Education, and Music Educators Journal.

      Buonviri is an active orchestral musician with Utah Festival Opera, and has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Empire Brass, and Nell Carter. He recorded two CDs with the Dallas Wind Symphony, under the direction of Jerry Junkin and Frederick Fennell.


    • Publications

      Buonviri, N. O. (2014). Three music education majors’ journeys through Aural Skills 101. Advance online publication. Journal of Music Teacher Education. doi:10.1177/1057083714552328


      Buonviri, N. O. (2014). An exploration of undergraduate music majors’ melodic dictation strategies. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/8755123314521036


      Paney, A. S. & Buonviri, N. O. (2013). Teaching melodic dictation in AP music theory. Journal of Research in Music Education, 61, 396-414.             doi:10.1177/0022429413508411


      Buonviri, N. (2013).  I can’t do that! Improvisation for classically trained musicians. Music Educators Journal, 99(4), 23–25. doi:10.1177/0027432113486251. Offers informative discussion of the unique aural and improvisation needs of many classically trained musicians, with an in-depth step-by-step example to illustrate.

      Buonviri, N. (2012). Ear training for percussionists. The Instrumentalist, 67(5), 37–39. Illustrates approaches to aural skills development that are especially helpful to student percussionists at any level.

      Buonviri, N. (2012). Musical approaches to the two-beat show on drumset. Percussive Notes, 50(6), 52–54. Provides detailed description and numerous examples of how to approach interpretation of this popular style.

      Meyerdierks, B., Buonviri, N., Burrack, F., & VanWeelden, K. (2012). Developing creative assessment. In T. Brophy and A. Lehmann-Wermser (Eds.), Music Assessment Across Cultures and Continents (pp. 329–341). Chicago: GIA Publications. Proceedings of a panel discussion presented at the Third International

      Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, Bremen, Germany, March, 2011.

      Buonviri, N. (2012). [Review of MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning (vols. 1 & 2)]. Research and Issues in Music Education. Retrieved from Provides a detailed evaluative summary from researcher and practitioner perspectives.

      Buonviri, N. (2012). Drumset basics. The Instrumentalist, 66(7), 28–30.Outlines sequential, logical strategies for coaching student percussionists through interpretation of various drumset styles.

      Buonviri, N. (2012, Spring). Three recent studies of aural skills development. PMEA News, 34–35. Summarizes recent aural skills research by the author for an audience of preservice and inservice music educators.

      Buonviri, N. (2011). Technology for teaching. [Review of the book and CD-ROM. Fundamentals for the aspiring musician]. Music Educators Journal, 98(3), 33.Provides an evaluative summary of these classroom resources from the music educator’s viewpoint.

      Buonviri, N. (2011, Fall). The authentic assessment environment: What can we learn from the pros?” PMEA News, 43–44. Describes ways of preparing authentic circumstances in which to conduct school music assessments.

      Buonviri, N. (2011, January). Cultivating the interdisciplinary music teacher. PMEA District 12 Newsletter, 1–2. Explores ways that teacher trainers at the university level can lead by example in fostering interdisciplinary approaches to music education.

      Buonviri, N. (2010). For your library [Review of the book Minds on music: composition for creative and critical thinking]. Music Educators Journal, 97(1), 16–19.
      Provides an evaluative summary of the book from the music educator’s viewpoint.

      Buonviri, N. (2009). Quick tips for percussionists. The Instrumentalist, 64(4), 30–34.Outlines specific advice, drawn from professional performance experience, to supplement percussion instruction at all levels.

      Buonviri, N. (2009). Sound thinking for musical success. Percussive Notes, 47(2), 30–31. Provides specific pedagogical approaches to mental focus on musicality while practicing drumset; applicable to the study of all percussion instruments.

      Buonviri, N. (2009). For your library [Review of the book Composition for dummies]. Music Educators Journal, 95(3), 30–32. Provides an evaluative summary of the book from the music educator’s viewpoint.


      Healthy Me!, James Lamar and Friends, funded by an educational grant from First 5 Napa County, 2005.

      Strike, The Music of Motion, Meadows Percussion Ensemble, Robert Stroker, Director, Gasparo Records, 2000.

      Psalms, The Turtle Creek Chorale, Timothy Seelig, Conductor, Reference Recordings, 1999.

      Marches I've Missed, Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell, Conductor, Reference Recordings, 1998.

      Strictly Sousa, Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, Conductor, Reference Recordings, 1998.


      International Premieres

      Left Unspoken, for flute, bassoon, and marimba. Premiered 12 June 2012 by Rafael Rodríguez, Maria Buonviri, and the composer, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, South America.

      Aura Maria, for string quartet.  Premiered 18 December 2009 by the Huari String Quartet, Bogotá, Colombia, South America.

      A Fine Afternoon, for solo clarinet.  Premiered 28 April 2004 by Javier Vinasco, XII Encuentro Universitario de Clarinete, Escuela Nacional de Música UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico.

      Encuentros Con Dos Personajes, for bassoon and piano.  Premiered 15 January 2004 by Maria Lucia Garavito, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, South America.

      National Premieres

      Consensus, for percussion duo. Premiered 11 July 2011 by the composer and Aaron Nix, Logan, UT.

      …and steal away, adapted for marimba duo.  Premiered 5 April 2010 by the composer and Phillip O’Banion, Philadelphia, PA.

      Waiting for My Love, for tenor and piano.  Premiered 27 December 2003 by Taylor and Stephanie Armstrong, Patuxent River Church, California, MD.

      …and steal away, for solo marimba.  Premiered 8 February 2003 by the composer for the dedicatory recital of Stretansky Hall, Selinsgrove, PA.

      Tuesday Mourning, for oboe and bassoon.   Premiered 17 November 2002 by Maria Garavito and Katherine Sellmansberger in O’Donnell Recital Hall, Dallas, TX.

      Psalm 28, for SATB chorus.  Premiered 6 October 2002 by the Good Samaritan Episcopal Choir, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX.

      Sketches From the Wild, for doumbek and frame drum.  Premiered June 2001 by the composer at Isle Royale National Park, Lake Superior, Michigan, as part of the National Park Service’s Artist-in-Residence program.

      The Odyssey Project, composition of entire percussion soundtrack for Plano Repertory Theater, Premiered June 10, 2000, Plano, TX.

    • April 2015: Two educational sessions at the National Association for Music Education Eastern Division conference, Providence, RI.


      April 2015: Performance on Phil O’ Banion’s percussion faculty recital in Rock Hall, Main Campus.

      March 2015: Educational session at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference, Hershey, PA.


      March 2015: Research paper presentation at the 21st International Symposium for Research in Music Behavior, Tallahassee, FL.


      Previous Engagements:


      November 2014: Paper Presentation at the Centre of Educational Research in Music International Conference, Oslo, Norway.

      November 2014: Invited Educational Session at the PMEA District 12 Inservice Conference, Phoenixville, PA.


      August 2014: Two Invited Educational Sessions at the New York State School Music Association Conference, Albany, NY.


      July-August 2014: Principal Percussionist with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, Logan, UT.


      July 2014: Invited Educational Session at Utah Festival Academy, Logan, UT.


      April 2014: Two research paper presentations at NAfME Biennial Conference, St. Louis, MO.


      March 2014: Research paper presentation and two educational sessions at PMEA Annual Conference, Hershey, PA.


      November 2013: Paper Presentation at the Society for Music Education in Ireland 3rd International Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

      November 2013: Invited Educational Session at the PMEA District 11 Inservice Conference, Blue Bell, PA.

      Principal Percussionist with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater Company, Logan, Utah, July-August, 2013.

      Research Paper Presentation at the 20th International Symposium on Research in Music Behavior (“Effects of a Preparatory Singing Pattern on Melodic Dictation Success”) in Seattle, WA, March, 2013.

      Research Paper Presentation at the 4th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (“Measuring Aural Skills in United States High Schools: A Critical Analysis of the AP Music Theory Exam”), in Taipei, Taiwan, April, 2013.

      Educational Session Presentation at the NAfME Eastern Division Conference (“Ear Training Success in Music Theory and Beyond”), Hartford, CT, April 2013.

      Educational Session Presentations at the PMEA Annual Conference (“Recruiting: Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why” and “I Can’t Do That! Improvisation for Classically Trained Musicians”), Erie, PA, April 2013.

      May 28, 2012: Clinic and Masterclass, “Ear-Training for Percussionists,” at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.

      June 12, 2012: Recital, with Rafael Rodríguez, Leonardo Guevara, and Maria Buonviri, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.


      July-August, 2012: Principal Percussionist with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater Company, Logan, Utah.

      August 28-31, 2012: Paper Presentation at the 4th International Conference on Narrative Inquiry in Music Education, Helsinki, Finland.