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Dr. Nicholas McBride

Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education

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Music Building 213

Ed.D., Music & Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Ed.M., Music & Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.M., Choral Conducting and Music Education, Northwestern University
B.M., Music Education, Westminster Choir College

Dr. Nicholas McBride maintains an active career as a music teacher-educator, researcher, and conductor. He is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at The College of New Jersey, where his recent active courses are:

  • MUS 241: Introduction to Music Education
  • MUS 492: Student Teaching Seminar
  • MUS 130/170: College Choir
  • MUS 397: Music Education 7-12 Practicum: Choral
  • MUS 490: Student Teaching Supervision

He also supervises senior-level student teachers, and conducts TCNJ ‘s College Choir; an ensemble he has prepared for collaborative performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Formerly, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College where, at the age of 25, he became the youngest full-time faculty member in the history of the college. Dr. McBride has presented internationally on choral conducting and general music teaching techniques, and has conducted choirs and various music ensembles in Austria, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Slovenia and Switzerland. In addition, he has presented at the regional and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the NCCO Conference (National Collegiate Choral Organization), the NJ-ACDA (New Jersey American Choral Director’s Association) conference, and has served on the NJ-ACDA State Executive Board. McBride is a contributing author to the texts Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Choir and Planning Instruction in Music, both by GIA Chicago, and has published scholarly articles in the Music Educators Journal and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. His research agenda focuses on teacher education, music teacher identity, LGBTQ issues in music education, and gender in the choral music classroom.

McBride is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for elementary, middle and high school choirs. Recent engagements include the 2017 New Jersey All-State Elementary Choir, the 2016 All-North Jersey Junior High Treble Chorus, and clinician for the 2014 New Jersey Region 1 High School Choral Festival.

Dr. McBride is proud to have spent nearly a decade as a middle and high school choral director and general music teacher in the (NJ) Public Schools, where his choirs performed regularly on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and with the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra at the Kimmel Center. He earned a doctorate in Music and Music Education from Columbia University – Teachers College, his dual Masters with honors in both Choral Conducting and Music Education from Northwestern University, and a Bachelors in Music Education magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College.

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