Brian E. Russell

Lecturer

Phone:
(305) 284-2244
Address:
Frost North Studio Wing 5499 San Amaro Dr
Room 219
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

 
About

About Me

Quote

“I love every style of music… especially when there’s a guitar in it!  The reason that I became a teacher was to guide other guitar players who needed someone to show them how to become a musician. One of the most challenging and perhaps the most entertaining parts of my interaction with my private students is working to develop professional and creative habits that will serve them musically and professionally now and in the future. “

Biography

A multifaceted musician, researcher, educator, and lecturer, Brian E. Russell, Ph. D. serves as Director of Contemporary Guitar studies, Director of Assessment and Lecturer at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC. A second generation Miamian, he has devoted his career to playing and teaching the guitar. His musical background in a variety of contemporary genres, from rock, pop and heavy metal to jazz, country and bluegrass, has made him a valuable and versatile musical contributor on both the stage and in the studio. Apart from recording with the legendary Julio Iglesias and adding his accompaniment to such popular modern musicals as “Rock of Ages,” “Wicked,” “The Last Five Years,” and “Tommy,” he also writes and produces original music with his group, the Brian Russell Alliance.

Dr. Russell’s dedicated approach to mentoring musicians and motivating them to pursue success careers has been a hallmark of his teaching style. The Grammy Foundation recognized him as a Quarterfinalist for the prestigious Grammy Music Educator Award.

He continues to pursue research involving performance measurement paradigms, jazz theory knowledge acquisition, creativity in jazz improvisation, and measurement development. He has published his research in several national and international music education journals and has shared his findings in several worldwide forums. He currently serves on the editorial committees for the International Journal of Music Education and for the Journal for Popular Music Education and serves as an invited reviewer for the Psychology of Music journal.

Dr. Russell earned his Ph. D. in Music Education with a cognate in jazz performance from the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC. His experience teaching guitar, piano, orchestra and choral music at the college, high school, and middle school levels has provided Dr. Russell with unique insights into guiding and inspiring aspiring student musicians on their journey from studies at the university to satisfying musical careers beyond the campus.
Career

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience


Career Highlights

  • Recording with Julio Iglesias
  • Accompanying musician for musicals “Rock of Ages,” “Wicked,” “The Last Five Years,” and “Tommy”
  • Taught guitar, piano, orchestra and choral music at college, high school, and middle school levels
  • World renowned musician, educator, researcher and lecturer

Honors, Awards & Competitions

  • 2017 Quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award from the Grammy Foundation

Recordings and Compositions

  • Attitude Adjustment (2016) Brian Russell Alliance

Publications

  • Research published in several national and international music education journals
  • Serves on editorial committees for the International Journal of Music Education and for the Journal for Popular Music Education 
  • Invited reviewer for the Psychology of Music