Tim Nowak

Assistant Professor, Music Education-Strings

Dr. Tim Nowak is assistant professor of string music education at East Carolina University, where he teaches string methods, large ensemble methods and supervises student teachers. Prior to his work at ECU, Nowak was a faculty associate at Arizona State University where he taught string methods, general music electives and advised the Collegiate NAfME Chapter. He was the director of orchestras at Victor Junior and Senior High Schools in Victor, NY, for eight years, and directed the high school orchestras, taught cello and bass lessons, and advised the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Nowak’s research interests include sociology in music education, music teacher education, string/orchestra pedagogy and the history of string/orchestra education in the United States. His current work focuses on the social environments of public school orchestra programs. Nowak has presented research at a wide range of professional conferences across the United States including the Mountain Lake Colloquium, the NAfME Historical Research Conference, the ASTA National Conference and the Society for Music Teacher Educators Conference.

Nowak actively performs as a cellist and has performed with various groups including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Alethia String Quartet, Penfield Symphony Orchestra, Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra and the Blackfriar’s Theatre. Nowak earned a Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) from Ithaca College, a Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music and a Doctor of Philosophy from Arizona State University.