Justin DiCioccio is internationally recognized as one of the foremost jazz educators of our time. In January 2001, he was inducted into the Jazz Education Hall of Fame, which took place during the 28th Annual International Association of Jazz Educators conference in New York. His keen insight into the teaching of conceptual and inventive ideas has earned him the title of “the musician’s teacher.” Mr. DiCioccio was appointed chairman of the jazz department at Manhattan School of Music in June of 1999, where he had been a member of the faculty since 1984, teaching percussion and coaching ensembles. He has worked actively in Manhattan School of Music’s educational outreach program, bringing jazz education to hundreds of New York City public school children.
As director / conductor of the New York All-City High School jazz program, Mr. DiCioccio continues his commitment to teaching the youth of today. His additional educational positions include, among others, clinician / educational outreach director of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in New York City and educational consultant concert programmer for VH1’s “Save the Music” campaign.
In 1997, he helped establish the Henry Mancini Summer Music Institute in Los Angeles, where he remains a guest artist, conductor and teacher of improvisation. Mr. DiCioccio’s former positions include program director / teacher of the Thelonius Monk Summer Jazz Institute: director of jazz bans at Princeton University, and program director / conductor of the Tri-State McDonald’s High School Jazz Ensemble.
Justin has had articles published in The Instrumentalist: Modern Drummer, Woodwind: Brass: and Percussion magazine: Music Educator’s Journal: and Percussion International. His method books and compositions are available through Music and Art publications.
Mr. DiCioccio has a bachelor of music degree and a performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a master of music degree from Manhattan School of Music.
RECOMMENDED RECORDINGS: Thelonius Monk Recordings