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Ryan Zellner

Ryan Zellner
Master of Music in Music Education

Teaching Philosophy: 

I believe in the humanity in each and every one of us. I acknowledge that every person in our course, including myself, has unique gifts to share with our learning community. Many of my gifts to you are drawn from my knowledge and expertise but I do not claim to have all the answers for I am human as well. I also acknowledge that our lives can be filled with challenges and struggles that can sometimes interfere with us doing our best. In this regard, I am committed to being responsible to you to support you the best I can but not responsible for you as you are a talented, independent, and capable human being. I invite you to be co-learners with me this semester as we continue to get to know one another and explore music teaching and learning. 


Ryan Zellner currently serves as the Director of Extension Programs, Cali School of Music. Prior to these positions, Dr. Zellner was the Strategic Programs Director for the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition (GMEC). His work included overseeing national strategic educational efforts, local and national partnerships, localized district efforts, and curriculum procurement and development. Prior to his work with GMEC, he spent 7 years as National Program Director for Little Kids Rock, a national music education non-profit, working to scale the organization from serving 70,000 students to over 500,000 students in 45 states throughout the country. Before moving into the nonprofit sector, he served as Director of Instrumental Activities and K-12 Music Department Chair for the Tunkhannock Area School District (1998-2012).  While teaching, he received numerous awards including the 2010 WVIA Great Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Zellner holds a terminal degree in educational psychology, master’s degrees in music education, educational management and strategies, and classroom technology as well as a bachelor’s degree in music education.