David  Zerull

Professor, Music Education

Conservatory Academics

Ruebush 222


Faculty Member since 1990

Teaching Area:

Music Education


B.M., M.M., Bowling Green State University; Ph.D., Northwestern University

Professional Highlights

  • David S. Zerull joined the Coservatory faculty in 1990 after thirteen years of public and private school teaching in music education, including vocal music at Lutheran High School West (Rocky River, Ohio); elementary instrumental music as graduate assistant at Bowling Green in the Laboratory School Project; and Director of Bands and Orchestra at Northwest Senior High School, (Cincinnati, Ohio).
  • Dr. Zerull has appeared as guest conductor of Honor Bands and All-County Bands in Georgia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and Virginia, as well as Area All-State Band in New York. Dr. Zerull has presented clinics at Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia Music Educators Association In-services, and at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Presentation topics have included "Improving Musicianship in the Ensemble", "Developing Understanding Using a Comprehensive Approach in Performance Ensemble Classes", "Effective Interpretation and Physical Gestures for Ensemble Conductors", and most recently "Teaching Musical Expression". Dr. Zerull presented "Reconsidering Conducting and Performing for a Changing Time" at the Northwestern University Center for the Study of Education and the Music Experience Twenty-fifth Anniversary symposium.
  • Dr. Zerull has published articles in The Instrumentalist, Music Educators Journal, Design for Arts in Education Magazine, and Arts Education Policy Review. Dr Zerull was a contributing author for the monograph On the Nature of Musical Experience, and authored the MENC publication Getting Started with High School Band. He was a contributor for Strategies for Teaching Beginning and Intermediate Band, and Strategies for Teaching High School Band also published by MENC. Dr. Zerull contributed the chapter Reconsidering the performing ensemble class and the role of the conductor/teacher in music education in the book The musical experience published by Oxford.