Martin Norgaard is assistant professor of music education at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is the author of 10 jazz string method books for Mel Bay Publications including Jazz Fiddle Wizard and Jazz Fiddle/Viola/Cello Wizard Junior and the composer of several string orchestra pieces for the FJH Music Company and Alfred Music Publishing. His most recent research, a qualitative investigation of the cognitive processes underlying improvisation, appears in the Journal of Research in Music Education. Dr. Norgaard is a frequent clinician at state, national, and international conventions such as Singapore International String Conference, The Midwest Clinic, MENC and TMEA.
Dr. Norgaard holds a PhD in music and human learning from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Robert Duke and Laurie Scott. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in jazz performance from William Paterson University and Queens College in New York, where he studied with Rufus Reid, Hal Galper, Jimmy Heath and others.
Dr. Norgaard taught jazz and commercial strings at Belmont University and Vanderbilt University in Nashville for six years, and was director of the Belmont Jazz String Quartet and Jazz String Septet, which were featured at the International Association for Jazz Education 2001 conference, MENC 2002 and ASTA 2003.
Martin Norgaard serves on the national board of American String Teachers Association (ASTA) as Member-at-Large. He is the recipient of an ASTA citation for Leadership & Merit for his work as chair of the Alternative Styles Competition committee. In addition, he co-authored the Alternative Styles portion of the new ASTA syllabus, serves as committee member for the Alternative Styles conference planning committee, and on the editorial committee for American String Teacher.