Music Instructors


macan Ed Macan, Ph.D., Professor of Music and Chair of the Music and Drama programs at C.R., is a musicologist, pianist, mallet percussionist, and composer. He studied piano with Flavio Varani, musicology with Roland Jackson, and composition with Christopher Yavelow, Nadia Boulanger's last student: he keeps aspects of Boulanger's pedagogical approach alive in his own harmony classes. Macan is the author of two books and of numerous articles and reviews, and writes about both popular and classical music. He is the founder, chief composer, and featured instrumentalist of the experimental music trio Hermetic Science, whose three albums (released 1997, 1999, and 2001) represent one of the most important contributions to contemporary progressive music, and are especially admired for Macan's innovative vibraphone work.
EDUCATION: B.M., Oakland University; M.A., University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University.
COURSES TAUGHT: Introduction to Music (Music 1), Beginning Harmony and Musicianship (Music 2), Intermediate Harmony and Musicianship (Music 3), Music in History(Music 10), American Popular Music (Music 12), Class Piano (Music 25).

Bill Allison, M.A., Associate Professor of Music at C.R., is co-founder of the Monterey Peninsula Jazz Orchestra, serving as Educational Director and band vocalist from 1989-1993.  He is a past member (1998-2001) of the Northwest Composers' and Improvisers' Collective, and an alumnus of the Jim Knapp Chamber Groove Orchestra, which explores new cross-genre compositions in both live performances and recordings.  Bill, who has also taught through the Humboldt State University Music Academy since 2001, has recorded several CDs in conjunction with some of the Northwest's finest jazz musicians.
EDUCATION:  B.A., Cornish College of the Arts; M.A., Humboldt State University.
COURSES TAUGHT:  Music Ensemble (Music 42), Jazz Orchestra (Music 62), Studio Band (Music 64).

joseph Joseph Byrd, M.A., Associate Professor of Music at C.R., is a retired composer, musician, arranger, producer, and scholar. He studied with John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Carlos Chavez, among others, and was a member of the FLUXUS group of experimental artists in the early sixties in New York. In Los Angeles, he pioneered the use of electronic sound and performance art in rock music with his band United States of America. His commercial work included film scores for Robert Altman and George Roy Hill, the theme for the CBS Evening News, and arrangements for artists from Linda Ronstadt to Ry Cooder. He has written, performed on, and/or produced nineteen albums, among which is the seminal three-volume LP set Popular Music in Jacksonian America. He was amongst the first to teach a course in American popular music in the early 1970s, and a founder of The International Society for the Study of Popular Music.
EDUCATION: B.M., University of Arizona; M.A., Stanford University. Coursework towards the Ph.D. completed at UCLA.
COURSES TAUGHT: Introduction to Music (Music 1), Music in History (Music 10), American Popular Music (Music 12), Songwriting (Music 100).
diaz Ruben Diaz, Associate Professor of Music at C.R., learned to play guitar from G.I.T. guitar wizard Danny Gill at Musicians Institute and from his father, Ricardo Diaz, an accomplished flamenco guitarist. He has played professionally for 22 years, and has worked with many rock, funk, and soul luminaries, including The Hurley Brothers, Mo Pleasure, Maxxan, Bobby Vega, Ray White, Prairie Prince, and Terry Haggerty. Besides teaching guitar at C.R., he is also guitar instructor for Center Activities at Humboldt State University.
COURSES TAUGHT: Class Guitar (Music 29).
newkirk Brian Newkirk, M.A., Associate Professor of Music at C.R., studied conducting with Gaylord Browne and William Hill (both CSULA), Frederick Fennell (Eastman School of Music), and Clarence Sawhill (UCLA). He studied saxophone with Lee Kalinsky and William Hill, and jazz doubling with Buddy Collette. For the past 30 years he has taught instrumental and choral music in the Pasadena, Monrovia, Los Angeles, Covina Valley, and Klamath-Trinity school districts. He has also taught at the CSULA Saturday Conservatory of Music, Citrus Community College, and is presently the Director of the C.R. Concert Band. He is also presently on the Board of Directors of Wildwood Music Institute and has been the orchestra manager and jazz band conductor for the past 27 years.
EDUCATION: B.A., California State University, Los Angeles; M.A., California State University, Los Angeles.
COURSES TAUGHT: Concert Band (Music 61), Activity Band (Music 63).
ryder Carol Ryder, M.A., is Associate Professor of Music at C.R., where she is voice instructor, choir director, and musical theater director. She holds degrees in vocal performance and musical theater from Humboldt State University. She has worked with San Francisco Opera Merola Program, Roundabout Theater in New York, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Ms. Ryder is also a member of Humboldt State University's music faculty. As Artistic Director of Humboldt Light Opera Company, she has directed and/or produced over fifty productions since 1990.
EDUCATION: B.A., Humboldt State University; M.A., Humboldt State University.
COURSES TAUGHT: Class Voice (Music 26/27), Musical Theater Production (Drama 34), Opera Production (Music 44), Chorale (Music 59), Oratorio Choir (Music 70).
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