The banner image is of the Chilean coast. I took the photo in May 2010  (eight months after my stroke), while traveling with my wife, Sharan Leventhal.

Mostly I have worked as a music professor: University of Massachusetts Boston (Lecturer, 2012-), Boston University (Visiting Prof., 2008-2012), Bowling Green State University (Prof., 1991-2008), Bruckner-Konservatorium Linz (adjunct faculty, 1992-1997), Pine Manor College (Asst. Prof., 1989-1991), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (Instructor of Percussion, 1984-86), among others. In addition to teaching at the college level, during the 2013-14 academic year I served as a Scholar in Residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. From 1996 to 2006 I served as music and dance critic for The Blade, Toledo, Ohio’s daily newspaper.

My major publications include the textbook Music: A Social Experience (co-authored with Mary Natvig) (Pearson 2011), Music of the Civil War Era (Greenwood Press, 2004) and The Music of Santería: Traditional Rhythms of the Batá Drums (co-authored with John Amira) (White Cliffs Media, 1991).

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, I’m Lou. I’m a music blogger, and a student in Andrew Revkin’s blogging class. He pointed me in your direction, your writing is very fascinating. Would you be interested in doing a skype interview with me?

    Thank you so much.

  2. Hey Dr. Cornelius! I’m not sure if you would remember me. I’m Brian Gray. I was a trumpet major at BG from 91-96. I thoroughly enjoyed the afro-carribean ensemble for 3-4 years while there. This was my favorite ensemble that I was in, and it had nothing to do with my major instrument! If I remember correctly, I joined in the first year that you started the group and there were only about 6-8 people participating. By the time that I graduated, I think that there were more than 40! I hope that the popularity of this group continued after I graduated. I’m sure that it did. It’s very strange how those rhythms are still very much with me in spite of having not been with the ensemble for almost 20 years. As opposed to many other styles of music that I also haven’t kept directly in touch with, I can still recall and recite that music near perfectly.

    I also had you for a bata ensemble, WAM, Jazz and Commercial music, and anything else that you might have been teaching. You were by far my favorite professor in school and I sought your classes just because you were teaching them. In any case, I hadn’t searched around to catch up on BG friends for a while, and was not aware of your incident in 2009 until just now.

    Just wanted to say that putting this blog together is a great idea. My wife’s grandfather had a similar incident to yours a while back, and your content here will definitely give me some good reading to apply to his situation.

    Thanks for putting this together! It looks to be very interesting and helpful. I’ll be following it for updates!

    • Dear Brian,

      Great to hear from you. Thanks for your kind words. I am glad the music made a lasting impression.

      I have not posted on the blog in months. It’s time for that to change.


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