Prof. Faye-Ellen Silverman, DMA

Faye-Ellen Silverman
Photo credit: Russel Dian

Title: Founder
Company: Seesaw Music
Location: New York, New York, United States

Prof. Faye-Ellen Silverman, DMA, Founder at Seesaw Music, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

Dr. Silverman knew early on what direction she wanted to follow for her professional career path. Starting out taking private lessons in piano, clarinet and viola, she then took course work from 1951 to 1963 at the Dalcroze School of Music. From there, she took coursework at the Manhattan School of Music in 1963 and 1964 before attending the Mannes School of Music from 1966 to 1967. Dr. Silverman earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from Barnard College, cum laude, in 1968 and went on to receive a Master of Arts from Harvard University in 1971. Continuing with her education, she received a Doctor of Music Arts from Columbia University in 1974. Since 2016, Dr. Silverman has served as an adjunct assistant professor at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Additionally, she has been a faculty member at The Juilliard School since 2017 and is the founder of Seesaw Music.

Dr. Silverman commenced her career as a private teacher of composition, dictation and ear training, theory, piano and clarinet. In 1971, she joined Current Musicology as an assistant editor moving up to associate editor before leaving in 1975. Simultaneously, she was a teaching assistant at Columbia University from 1972 to 1974 and an adjunct assistant professor with the City University of New York from 1972 to 1977. In 1977, she became an assistant professor at Goucher College until 1981 and a faculty member at the Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University until 1985. Progressing in her music career, Dr. Silverman was a part-time associate teaching professor at Mannes School of Music from 1991 to 2016 and was a part-time associate teaching professor at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts from 2000 to 2013. In 2018, she became an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Professional Studies for a year.

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