John Leupold and Jennifer Snodgrass
John Leupold received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Maryland, College Park. He holds two Master of Music degrees from Appalachian State University in Music Theory/Composition and Percussion Performance. As a composer, his music explores a blend of modern "classical" music, popular music, and world music with rhythm at its core. His compositions have been performed at various venues and conferences throughout the U.S. As an educator, Dr. Leupold has taught music theory and composition at various institutions throughout the mid-Atlantic region. These include St. Mary's College of Maryland, University of Maryland, College Park, Towson University, and Anne Arundel Community College. He currently teaches music theory and composition at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. His most recent publication is as a partner in Exposition Music, an online music theory assessment tool used in Music Fundamentals textbooks by Pearson Publishing. Dr. Leupold is also an avid performer. As a percussionist, he has performed throughout the U.S. as a soloist and as an ensemble member. He currently performs with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra and the Anne Arundel Community College Orchestra. He has studied steel pan performance in Trinidad and Tobago and tabla performance with Pandit Sharda Sahai in London, England.
Jennifer Snodgrass is an associate professor of music and director of graduate studies in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Snodgrass holds a B.M. in vocal performance from Meredith College, M.M. in music theory from the University of Tennessee. and Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Maryland.
Snodgrass is extremely active in researching technology and its relation to theory pedagogy. Her research in the efficacy of Tablet PCs can found in The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-Based Technology on Education and the Journal of Technology in Music Learning. Other research has been published in Music Theory Online, Sacred Music, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online, and Music Educators Journal. Snodgrass is the co-author of Fundamentals of Music Theory (Pearson, 2012) and sole author of Contemporary Musicianship (Oxford University Press, 2015).
She has received awards in relation to excellence in undergraduate education, including the National DyKnow Educator, Plemmons Leadership Medallion, the College Music Society Technology Initiative Award, and the Hayes School of Music Outstanding Teaching Award.
Snodgrass is currently the national vice-president of the College Music Society. She recently was appointed to the editorial board for the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and is the co-chair of the newly launched Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online.