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Faculty of Creative Musical Arts    
Isabelle Matzkin
Co-Director, Creative Musical Arts Program 
Assistant Professor of Music and Maharishi Vedic Science
B.A. summa cum laude and with honors, University of Iowa
M.A., University of Iowa

Isabelle Matzkin has an extensive background connecting sound, music, creativity, and consciousness in education. She designs and teaches a curriculum that integrates those elements from the perspectives of Indian classical music (known in India's ancient Vedic civilization as Gandharva Veda) as well as western music and Maharishi Vedic Science. She served as director of MUM's Institute of Maharishi Gandharva Veda for 12 years and is now spearheading the University’s new Creative Musical Arts department.
 
Born and raised in Luxembourg, Europe, Isabelle studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Luxembourg where she earned First Prizes with distinction in piano performance, solfège, and chamber music. She continued her studies in the US at the University of Iowa under pianist Kenneth Amada. She also studied with several Indian classical musicians, including Pandit Debu Chaudhuri, Vidushi Sumitra Guha, and Anup and Anita Ghosh.
 
Isabelle has taught music privately in the US and in Luxembourg, taught at three conservatories in Luxembourg, performed with the Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra, and toured in Italy. As a certified teacher by the Luxembourg ministry of education, she also taught for several years in primary schools and at the Centre de Logopédie, a school for hearing- and speech-impaired children. Isabelle speaks fluent Luxembourgish, English, French, German, and knows basic Latin and Sanskrit.
 
Isabelle Matzkin's blog on Music, Consciousness, and Creativity
 
Jane Roman Pitt
Co-Director, Creative Musical Arts Program
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
Ph.D., Maharishi University of Enlightenment
M.A. summa cum laude, Music Theory and Literature, Eastern Michigan University
B.A. Music Education, Oakland University

Jane Roman Pitt is an award-winning composer and singer-songwriter. She studied composition with William Albright in Ann Arbor and Anthony Iannoccone, and won the grand prize in the International Choral Competition of the Amadeus Choir of Toronto.
 
Her work is published by Transcontinental Music Publications in New York and distributed by Hal Leonard. As a singer-songwriter, Jane has recorded and co-produced four albums, working with top musicians in the fields of jazz and country in Detroit and Nashville. Her latest CD, “Midnight Lullaby,” has been awarded the Parent’s Choice award for 2011.

Jane was also awarded an honorary Ph.D. for her work in helping to establish the Quiet Time Program, which through the David Lynch Foundation has taught Transcendental Meditation to over 100,000 at-risk school children all over the world.
 
Jane Roman Pitt's blog: Lady Lullaby
 
 
Kaeli Ferguson
Instructor of Music
B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham

Kaeli Ferguson has a special interest in world music. While attending college, her music studies centered around historical musicology and ethnomusicology. Her primary instrument is voice, but she also plays the trumpet, French horn, Native American flute, and piano in a variety of settings.
 
She has taught voice, trumpet, and Native American flute lessons in her private studio for many years. Kaeli is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and has conducted both children's and adult choirs. She is also a songwriter and composer, and is currently serving as music director and composer for an independent documentary. 
 
 
Edward Sarath
Visiting Faculty
Professor of Music
Department of Jazz and Improvisation Studies
School of Music
University of Michigan

Edward Sarath has received fellowship grants for both jazz composition and performance from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the American Council of Learned Societies to design a course entitled "Creativity and Consciousness." His articles appear in the Journal of Music Theory, International Journal for Music Education, Jazz Research Papers, Jazz Educators Journal and Jazz Changes.
 
Professor Sarath is active as a performer on the flugelhorn, recording artist, composer, author and guest clinician. His latest CD Last Day in May (Konnex Records, Berlin) features internationally-acclaimed artists Dave Liebman, Mick Goodrick, Harvie Swartz and Marvin "Smitty" Smith. His prior recording, Voice of the Wind (Owl Records, Paris) features Liebman, Joanne Brackeen, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart.

He has performed at the Montreux, North Sea, Antibes, Le Mans, London and Montreux-Detroit jazz festivals. Sarath performs regularly with the French-based ensemble Cache Cache, winner of the 1992 Radio France Jazz Competition. He has given master classes at major conservatories throughout the U.S., Europe and Brazil. Recent projects include a commissioned composition for the Cologne Jazz Orchestra with guest soloists David Liebman and seven-time Grammy award winner Michael Brecker. He recently led the School's Creative Arts Orchestra, an eclectic improvising ensemble, on an East Coast tour. He is U.S. coordinator and a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Schools of Jazz. 
 
 
Paul Fauerso
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
B.M., cum laude, Trinity University

Paul Fauerso is a singer/songwriter, composer/arranger, keyboardist and producer. He has composed and produced many award-winning radio and TV commercials, infomercials, and feature film scores. His jazz/rock group, The Loading Zone, shared the Fillmore stage in the 1960s with such legendary groups as Cream, The Who, The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, Sam and Dave, Janis Joplin, Chuck Berry, and many more.
 
Paul worked closely with MUM's founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to incorporate principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence and Maharishi Vedic Science in songs which have been recorded in several albums. Paul has also produced albums for other artists, notably two song collections by Mike Love (Beach Boys) — First Love, and the soon-to-be-released Only One Earth. Paul served as chair of the MUM music department from 1987 to 2000. 
 
 
Donald Sosin
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
M.A., Columbia University
B. Mus. with honors, University of Michigan

Donald Sosin has played on Broadway, taught songwriting nationwide, and lectured on film music. His work as a silent film composer/pianist includes major film archives and film festivals in NY, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Germany, Italy and China.
 
His commissions include the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and Museum of Modern Art. Dozens of his film scores are available on the Criterion, Kino and Milestone labels, and close to 2000 sheet music arrangements published by Hal Leonard, Cherry Lane and Warner Bros.
 
 
Claudia Melrose
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Professor Emerita of Dance, University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Program

Claudia Melrose has performed in major cities of Europe, South America, North Africa and the U.S. as a member of the Alwin Nikolais Dance Co., as choreographer/director of the Melrose Motion Company, and as performer/choreographer in the Melrose & Morgan Duo. The recipient of over 40 grants and awards, she has choreographed more than 60 dances, many of which have been performed in Europe, South America, Asia and the U.S.
 
She studied dance at the University of Ghana-Legon in the summer of 1993, returning in 1994 as a Fulbright Fellow. At the Ghanaian National Theater's dance ensemble in Accra, she taught modern dance and creative work in conjunction with the Ghanaian dancers and musicians. She was Chair of the Dance Program from fall of 2005 until 2007. She retired in May 2007 but continues to teach, choreograph and research.
 
 
Kevin Thomas
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
M. M., University of Miami’s Frost School of Music
B.A. cum laude, Berklee College of Music
B.A., University of San Francisco
Graduate, Musicians Institute

Kevin Thomas has written, arranged, performed, and recorded the music for half a dozen CDs, had international radio airplay, performed every style of music imaginable with music groups all over the U.S., toured in southern Europe, and composed and arranged orchestral compositions.
 
He has been on faculty at the San Diego School of Rock, and Head Instructor at the world famous Songwriter Seminar. He is vice-president of the San Diego Song Writers Guild, and a judge at the guild's songwriting competitions, and is the president of Songwriting Planet. Kevin is currently writing music for his next CD, teaching songwriting seminars in the U.S., and teaching courses and private lessons over the Internet.
 
 
 
 
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