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Ryan Zellner

Ryan Zellner

National Program Director

Dr. Zellner joined Little Kids Rock as the National Program Director in 2012. From 1998-2012, Dr. Zellner had served as Director of Instrumental Activities at Tunkhannock Area High School, where he was responsible for the marching, concert, jazz, and percussion ensembles. He graduated from Moravian College in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in Education. He then went on to receive his master’s degree in music from the University of Connecticut. At UCONN, he was assistant director of the 275 member marching band, directed the women’s basketball pep band and concert band. The pep band performed all over the country and on national television several times. During his tenure, his bands performed for nearly 1 million people (not counting the television audience). Dr. Zellner also holds a master’s of science degree with emphasis in classroom technology and a master’s of science degree with emphasis in educational development and strategies both from Wilkes University. In April 2011, Dr. Zellner received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Capella University. His dissertation topic was “The relationship between instrumental music and critical thinking skills in 8th and 11th grade students.”

He is also a graduate school instructor for Performance Learning Systems where he facilitates Teaching Through Learning Channels Online, Merging Educational Goals and Interactive Media Projects Online, Action Research and Successful Teaching for the Acceptance of Responsibility. In addition to his educational accomplishments, Dr. Zellner has written for two prominent music education magazines, The Instrumentalist and School, Band and Orchestra. In 2006, he attended the Pennsylvania Governor School for the Arts where underwent an intensive study of the Pennsylvania Standards for Arts Education. In 2010, he received the WVIA Great Teacher of the Year Award and appeared on live television to accept the award. In 2011, he was recognized on both the local and national levels by The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) for his localized recycling efforts.