em>Professor of Music
- D.A. Music Performance and Pedagogy: Western Colorado University 1983
- M.M. Percussion: American Conservatory of Music 1972
- B.A. Music: Biola University 1966
Dennis began his affiliation with WP in 1979 as an adjunct, teaching percussion and piano students. Since 1981 he has been teaching full time in the Music Department. In 1995 he began teaching the Humanities 310 (Faith, Living, and Learning) course and subsequently HUM 410 involvement over the years. In 1999 he experienced a very meaningful sabbatical whereby he studied the finest of higher education teaching by visiting scores of classes and professors from about 30 institutions, culminating in the writing of a Sabbatical Report. Dennis continues to play classical marimba and jazz vibes professionally, in Tabor Duo and Mirage respectively. His latest recording, Minor Inconvenience, demonstrates his vibes artistry within a jazz quintet of professionals. Dennis’ particular academic and musical interest is the process of jazz improvisation, how to teach it and how it suggests vital links with the understanding of faith.
Jazz Society of Oregon
Playing the Sunset
To Will To Be Himself Is Man’s True Vocation
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