Chair and Professor of Music Education
DeGraffenreid was previously a music faculty member at both San Francisco State University and California State University, Fresno, where he also served as an administrator in faculty affairs. George also taught elementary through high school instrumental and vocal music in Colorado and California.
Dr. DeGraffenreid served as Western Division President of MENC: The National Association for Music Education representing Arizona, California, Hawai’i, Nevada and Utah (2004-06) and was President of CMEA: The California Association for Music Education (2000-02). He has served in music and arts education leadership in California since the mid-1980s.
DeGraffenreid is an active researcher examining topics ranging from music instruction correlated to student academic achievement to effective music teacher preparation curricula. George has numerous presentations and articles nationally and internationally. He is an author for Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives (2006), Glencoe McGraw-Hill; and Benchmarks In Action: A Guide To Standards-Based Assessment In Music (2003), MENC.
Degrees and awards:
DeGraffenreid holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Washington, a M.A. in music from California State University, Los Angeles, and a B.M.E. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
DeGraffenreid was the recipient of an International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). Joint Research Grant (2003-04) through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State. Scholar exchange grant to foster cooperative research in the Republic of Moldova with colleagues in the Departments of Music and Education at Balti State University and in the Moldovan Ministry of Education.
DeGraffenreid is currently a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2007-2010) through the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.