Dr. Edryn J. Coleman teaches Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and Piano at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, MD. He has taught music in racially diverse public schools in the elementary, middle, and now high school level. He also brings years of classroom teaching experience from 2 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Each one of those experiences shaped his personal commitment to diversity in music education for every student at every levels.
Dr. Coleman has presented interest sessions for numerous professional organizations and school systems. Including appearances at 2 national conferences for the American Choral Directors Association speaking on Black perspectives in choral music from teaching styles to repertoire selection. In addition, his choirs have also performed for state and local conferences. With a plethora of guest conducting engagements, and judging appearances, Dr. Coleman is always grateful for the opportunity to share his love of choral music with learners of all ages.
Dr. Coleman currently serves as the President for the Maryland Choral Educators Association and the Maryland Choral Educators Association Representative on the Maryland/DC ACDA Chapter Board. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, he holds a BA in voice from Stillman College, an MME from Florida State University, and his DMA from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music at Shenandoah University. His teaching motto is “They’ll never care how much you know until they know how much you care!”Dr. Coleman is looking forward to sharing his personal commitment to diversity and equality in music education with the UMBC family.
Doctoral of Musical Arts in Music Education (Choral) — Shenandoah University
Masters of Music in Music Education (Choral) — Florida State University
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Vocal Performance) — Stillman College