Music Theory


Carl took Doctoral studies at New York University and received both his B.M. in Education and M.M. in Theory from Temple University.

Performance and Teaching Experience

In addition to his experience singing in religious and community choruses, Carl has conducted and arranged music for synagogue choirs. He was recipient of a Fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Carl has held several teaching positions throughout his career including at Overbrook High School (music magnet school, Philadelphia; Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), New Jersey and at New York University.

Utilizing his vast knowledge of music education and history, Carl has worked in an administrative capacity for numerous community choruses, the American Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Philharmonic, D.C. Federation of Musicians, The Washington Chorus and Levine.

At Levine

Carl has been on the Levine faculty since 1992 where he teaches theory  and music appreciation, and is supervisor of the NW DC (Upton Street) library.

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

“I find that most adults have more musical knowledge than they think they do, but have not learned how to organize it or apply it to the study of music they are interested in. Addressing that is a principal goal in my teaching.”


When Carl is not singing, teaching and helping out at the NW DC Music Library, he is collecting musical coins and currency as well as materials on Gilbert and Sullivan.

Video Clips:

“Virtual Carl”

Hillwood Lecture