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Herbert Deutsch

Herbert Deutsch

Visiting Faculty
B.A. Music Education, Hofstra University, 1956
B.A. Music, Manhattan School of Music, 1960
M.A. Music, Manhattan School of Music, 1961

A composer of music in various media, Herbert Deutsch’s work has been widely performed, and commissioned works have been featured at national and regional conferences of The Music Educators National Conference, Small Computers and the Arts Network, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States and other organizations. In 1972, he co-founded the Long Island Composers Alliance. Professor Emeritus of Music at Hofstra University, Herbert Deutsch founded the Jazz Ensemble, Electronic Music Studios, New Music Ensemble and created the B.S. Degree programs in Jazz, Composition/Theory and Music Business. He received the George Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Hofstra Alumni Achievement Award in 2001. In his honor the Music Department has established the Herbert Deutsch Award for highest honors in Music Education. In 1964, he collaborated with Robert A. Moog on the development of the Moog Synthesizer and, in September of 1965, his "New York Improvisation Quartet" presented the Moog’s first jazz program at the Museum of Modern Art. Since 1994, he has been a member of The NY State School Music Association's Music Technology Committee. He is also a member and judge of NYSSMA's Composition and Improvisation Committee. He is a regular clinician in composition sessions at NYSSMA’s All-State Conference and is a NYSSMA all-state jazz adjudicator. He served as Director of Marketing and Sales at Moog Music from 1979-83, a marketing and development consultant to Roland Corporation and Jim Henson's Muppets. He is the author of Synthesis (Alfred Publishing Co.), in its second edition and published in Japanese and Korean, Electroacoustic Music; Its First Century (CPP/Belwin) and Teach Yourself Piano (Karamar Publications). CDs Woman in Darkness , September, 1999 From Moog to Mac June 2007. In June, 2000 he was featured on a History Channel production on the First Moog Synthesizer and he appears and has music credits in the 2004 film MOOG . He is listed in Who's Who in America 1999-2012 and Who's Who in Education. In 2007 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to electronic music at BB Kings in NY City. He was inducted into the LI Music Hall of Fame and received the NY State School Music Association Distinguished Service Award. In 2010 his work on the development of the Moog Synthesizer was made a permanent exhibit at Hofstra University.


Contact Information

Herbert Deutsch

Visiting Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 613
(212) 998-7340
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2013 Spring

The Transformation of Music in a Century of Electronica
Fri 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM

2012 Spring

The Transformation of Music in a Century of Electronica
Fri 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

music composition, theory and performance; music education; music business; jazz; electronic music

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