Company: University of Massachusetts
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
Willie Hill, Professor at the University of Massachusetts, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Since 1999, Dr. Hill has worked at the University of Massachusetts as a professor of music and as the director of the University Fine Arts Center. In 1968, he began his career in music education as an instrumental music instructor with the Denver Public School System. He taught at multiple schools in Denver for more than 15 years, until 1984, when he became an instructional consultant and instrumental music supervisor in the school system’s Music Education Office. In 1988, Dr. Hill transitioned to teaching in higher education, leveraging his knowledge and experience as a professor of music education at the University of Colorado Boulder. During his tenure with the University of Colorado Boulder, he also served as the assistant dean of academy programs for the College of Music, departing in 1999 to accept his current post at the University of Massachusetts.
In preparation for his career, Dr. Hill attended Grambling State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in music education in 1968. He continued studying music education at the University of Colorado, earning both a master’s degree in 1972 and a PhD in 1987. Dr. Hill has written multiple books, including “Learning to Sight-Read: Jazz, Rock, Latin, and Classical Styles” in 1994 and “The Instrumental History of Jazz” in 1997. In high school, he was inspired by his band director, Ulysses S. Miller, who helped him start his college education by assisting him in earning a scholarship to Grambling State University. During his undergraduate education, Dr. Hill was proud to serve as the head drum major at the first Super Bowl in 1967—he led the Grambling State band and the University of Arizona band in this historic performance. This was the first time an all-black and an all-white band had ever performed together at a major athletic event. As a further testament to his success, experience, and stature, Dr. Hill has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.
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