George Nicholson, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Music Education
George Nicholson was born in Ridgewood, NJ, and grew up studying music in the Ridgewood public school system as well as at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory program. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, FL, and his master’s degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Nicholson had the privilege of teaching orchestra in Cobb County, GA at the middle school and high school level to wonderful, passionate, and thoughtful students. During his time there, the program produced award-winning performances, became actively involved in the local community, and engaged in creative musical experiences. Outside of the school, George was a clinician and judge for Georgia Music Educators Association events as well as other organizations around the state.
In 2014, George moved to New York City to pursue his doctoral degree in music education at Teachers College at Columbia University where he is a Florence K. Geffen fellow under Dr. Randall E. Allsup. In addition to coursework, he supervises student teachers, mentors practicing music teachers, conducts the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and is principal bass with the Queer Urban Orchestra. His research interests focus on socially-just teacher practices amidst the political landscape of contemporary schools. Past positions include posts at Ithaca College, CUNY Queens College, and The College of New Jersey. George is honored and thrilled to be joining the music department at the University of New Mexico.