School of Music

Alan Kaschub

Director, USM School of Music

Office

103 F Corthell Hall

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-5387

Alan Kaschub teaches Music Theory, Ear Training and Music Technology at the USM School of Music.  He has a Bachelor of Music Degree from USM and a Master of  Music from New England Conservatory.  As a trumpet player, he is a member of the Norumbega Ensemble, the Maine Chamber Orchestra and has appeared with the Portland and Bangor Symphonies.  Mr. Kaschub’s teaching and service have long pushed the use of technology as a facilitator of student creativity.  This use of technology has not only been implemented in the USM Theory and Ear Training courses, but also in outreach to Maine’s High Schools and Middle Schools.  In particular, Mr. Kaschub has used composition and recording of film scores, rap music and other small forms of music to bridge the gap between student creativity and theoretical knowledge.  A 2008 project with high school students at the School of Music’s Summer Music Academy had students compose music for presidential campaign ads.  This project was featured on MPBN’s “Maine Things Considered” right before the 2008 election.  Mr. Kaschub has also co-taught a perennial Music Technology course  during the summer for Graduate Students and Music Teachers.  This course explores how technology can be used in music instruction to develop better tools for student creativity, better individual assessment, and better outcomes for student musicianship.  He has presented his work with students at the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the Association of Technology in Music Instruction, Maine Music Educators Association, Maine Arts, Innovation and Creativity, Vermont MIDI Project, and Public Schools in Maine, Vermont and Utah.