Bio & Publications

David Brian Williams distinguished career has included teaching and administrative appointments at Illinois State University, SWRL Educational Research Laboratory, California State University Los Angeles, the University of Washington, and the University of Guam. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music Theory degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a PhD in Systematic Musicology from the University of Washington, Seattle. His technology work broadly covers multimedia and Internet applications, music and arts technology education, the development of software applications for music education, and the management of information and instructional technology resources.  While on the faculty at Illinois State University, he pioneered one of the first arts technology programs internationally in the early 1980s; ISU now offers a undergraduate and graduate degrees in arts technology, the program has been renamed Creative Technologies in 2019.

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Dr. Williams has served as a consultant to many organizations in education and business combining his music, technology, research, and administrative experience. He has written extensively in the areas of music education, music psychology, music and arts technology, and instructional development. His textbook, Experiencing Music Technology, is co-authored with Peter Webster and has been published over five revisions. The current 4th Edition is in production with Oxford University Press and will be released in print and e-book form by the end of 2021.

David has served on boards for the National Association for Music Education, The College Music Society, Illinois Music Educators Association, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, and the Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME). He chaired the MENC task force for developing Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music Technology and, in 2001, received the Illinois Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award for his work in music technology.  Dr. Williams is a past president of The College Music Society.

He has been a much-invited speaker, clinician, and consultant to many professional meetings, universities, public schools, business organizations, and professionals in business, education, and music. For his 30-year career at Illinois State University, see Dr. Williams' ISU academic web page.  Full resume available on request.

Selected Publications of David Brian Williams

  • Heritage Band of the Midwest Digital Audio Archives: 40-Plus Years of Volunteer Dedication to International Wind Band Music.  College Music Society Symposium, Online 28 April 2017.
  • If we build it, they will come: Using music technology to reach the Other-80% in secondary school programs.  With Rick Dammers.  Published in Kansas Music Review (Spring Issue 2013-14);  Delaware Music Education Association (DMEA) Notes (March 2014); SEGUE for the Arkansas Music Educators Association (May 2014, Opus 35:3); The Bulletin for the Maine Music Educators Association (Spring 2014, 50:3); TEMPO! for the New Jersey Music Educators Association (May 2014).
  • The non-traditional music student in secondary schools of the United States: Engaging non-participant students in creative music activities through technology, Journal of Music, Technology, and Education, 4 (2 & 3), 2012.
  • Psychomusicology: A program, a journal, and divergent paths. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 20 (1 & 2), 2009.  With James C. Carlsen and Jack A. Taylor.
  • MusicXML: The New Link Between Sibelius and Finale. TI:ME Newsletter, January, 2008.
  • Integrating music technology into the curriculum: How do we get there? (Part II), International School, 7(1), 28-30, 2004.
  • Integrating music technology into the curriculum: Where are we going and what do we do now? (Part I), International School, 6(3), 15-17, 2003.
  • What Do Faculty Want?  Educause Quarterly, 2001. With John F. Chizmar.
  • Internet Delivery  of Instruction: Issues of Best Teaching Practice, Administrative Hurdles, and Old-Fashioned Politics. Campus Wide Information Systems, 1999. With John F. Chizmar. 
  • Altering Time  and Space through Network Technologies to Enhance Learning. CAUSE/EFFECT Journal, Fall 1996. WIth John F. Chizmar.
  • Deconstructing Classroom Technology in Practice: What Our Web Technologies Suggest About What Faculty Want (EDUCAUSE 1999)
  • Pioneering New Trails through the Wilderness of Music, Computer, and Communications Technologies, Association for Technology in Music Instruction Newsletter, October, 1995.
  • Viewports to technology and teacher training. Music Educator's Journal, October, 1992, 79, 26.30. (Special issue on Teacher Training in Music Education).
  • Effects of selected factors on second- and fifth-grade children's perception of melodic motion. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain 1990, 9(1), 59-78.
  • Do our models for music research and teaching reflect our human social nature? Council for Research in Music Education Bulletin, Winter 1987, 90, 65-73.
  • Music information processing and memory. In Proceedings of the Ann Arbor Symposium on the Applications of Psychology to the Teaching and Learning of Music. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1981, 87-93.
  • A study of tonal strength and its influence on melodic memory. In Proceedings of the Kansas Symposium on the Psychology and Acoustics of Music. University of Kansas, 1980.
  • Computer information search and retrieval: A guide for the music educator. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 1977, 51, 23-40. With L.S. Beasley.
  • An interim report of a programmatic series of music inquiry designed to investigate melodic pattern identification ability in children. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 1977, 50, 78-82.
  • MENC research training: A review and survey. Journal of Research in Music Education, 25, 3-20, 1977. With C.B. Nelson.
  • A programmable tone generator for presenting melodic and harmonic patterns in music research. Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation, 1976, 8 (5), 447-449. With R.K. Hoskin.
  • The development of a computer simulation model for the investigation of music concept formation. Psychology of Music, 1975, 3(2), 37-54. With P.D. Peckham.
  • Short term retention of pitch sequence. Journal of Research in Music Education, 1975, 23(1), 53-66.
  • The research-classroom gap in music education: Has SWRL found an answer? Music Educators Journal, January 1975, 61, 41-43.
  • A procedure and instrumentation for presenting luminous numeric response cues in a nonverbal auditory serial position task. Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation, l975. 7(1), 23-24. With C. Shelton.
  • Short-term retention of pitch sequence: Effects of sequence length, serial position, and delay time before recall. (Doctoral dissertation) Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms, 1974, No. 74-2283. 


  • Experiencing Music Technology (4th Ed.) Oxford University Press, in press, 2021, with P.R. Webster.
  •  "Forward" to Oxford Handbook of Technology and Music Education (S. Alex Ruthmann and Mantie, Roger, Eds.).  New York: Oxford University Press, xiii—xx, 2017.  With P.R. Webster.
  • The Technology-Music Dance: Reflections on Making Sense of Our Tools. In C. Randles (Ed.), Music Education: Navigating the Future.  New York City: Routledge, 2015.
  • Experiencing Music Technology (3rd Ed. Updated) Schirmer Cengage Learning, With P.R. Webster. (2008, 2006, 1999, 1996)
  • Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music Technology (Ed.), MENC, 1999
  • "Telling Stories Through Arts Resources on the Web." Chapter in NCSS Bulletin on Internet and the Social Studies (Joseph Braun and C. Frederick Risinger, Eds), 1999
  • Technology Strategies for Music Education. TI-ME: Wyncote, PA., 1997. With D. Mash, F. Richmond, and T. Rudolph.
  • Programming style and design for computer-based instruction in the arts. Bellevue, Washington: Temporal Acuity Press, 1986. With D. Bowers.
  • Psychomusicology (Editor-in-Chief and Founding Editor), Volumes 1 through 12, 1980 to 1994.  Now Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, an American Psychological Association publication.
  • Proceedings of the Seventh International Seminar of Research in Music Education. (Eds.) Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Spring 1979. With J.C. Carlsen.
  • A Computer Annotated Bibliography: Music Research In Programmed Instruction (1952-72). Reston, Va.: Music Educators National Conference, 1978. With J.C. Carlsen.

University Lectures, Seminars, and Teaching

Illinois State University; University of Guam; California State University at Los Angeles; University of Iowa; University of Denver: Lamont School of Music; Southern Methodist University: Meadows School of the Arts; University of Arizona; University of Central Florida; University of Connecticut; Indiana University; Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis; University of Washington; North Texas University; Clayton State University; University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, Kenosha, and Madison; Northwestern University; Clayton State University; University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of Alabama Huntsville.

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