Mervyn R. Joseph


Mervyn R. Joseph is Associate Professor of Music Education at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He teaches music education classes and supervises pre-service teachers in the public school. He also performs regularly on the trumpet and plays in the university’s steel band ensemble.

Joseph received his BME and MA degrees in music from Andrews University in 1976 and 1977 with emphases in instrumental/trumpet and general music. He studied trumpet privately with Bob Uthe and Pat Silver. After graduating from Andrews University, Joseph taught at Caribbean Union College for eleven years as band director and instrumental teacher and worked in the elementary teacher-training program. While at CUC, Joseph provided enthusiastic leadership to the band and music program and performed throughout Trinidad, Tobago, and other Caribbean islands.

In 1988, Joseph accepted a position at Miami Union Academy, Florida, as band and music director. During his five years there he developed a dynamic band program that included successful concerts, band tours, and participation in the regional music festivals.

In 1999, Joseph completed a doctoral degree in music education at Indiana University-Bloomington where he also taught in the music education department as an associate instructor. During the 1999-2000 school year, he was a visiting adjunct professor of music education at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.

Joseph is originally from the Caribbean island of Tobago and is married to the former Gloria Degannes, also from Tobago.



Sources: Information from Mervyn R. Joseph, 2001; Biography at Central State University (2012).