JAMES FALZONE has been involved in teaching at the college/university level since 2002. He has been on the faculty of North Central College, Columbia College Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has an ongoing relationship with the remarkable Deep Springs College in the desert of California where he was a Visiting Professor in 2013 and 2015. Presently James is the Chair of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington.
Over the years James has taught courses in music theory, composition, improvisation, world music, studio clarinet, and has been especially involved in designing interdisciplinary humanities courses around music and its ability to engage students in critical thinking. He has presented papers at major academic conferences nationally and internationally and has received numerous grants for his teaching and research. In 2014/2015 James was a Fellow at The Center For Black Music Research and, in 2013, a finalist for the Excellence In Teaching Award at Columbia College Chicago. His favorite student evaluation states: "If this course is Star Wars . . . James is Obi-Wan Kenobi."