Professor Emeritus of Music Jesse McCarroll has been named recipient of the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ (NABSE) 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is bestowed upon individuals in recognition of their outstanding lifetime efforts and achievements on behalf of the African American and larger communities. The award will be presented on November 15 at the NABSE Awards Celebration in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. McCarroll currently teaches part-time (in the College’s African American Studies program) and has instructed students since 1970. He has proven himself to be an outstanding music educator, enriching the lives of thousands upon thousands of students during his long career. Moreover, he is a dedicated supporter of the arts who has made significant contributions to the field of music in general and Black Music in particular.
Dr. McCarroll has served as national representative of the United States to the Pan African Society of Musical Arts Education and as senior advisor to the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education. In addition, he was chair for two consecutive terms of the Multicultural Awareness Commission, New York State School Music Association.
He has been honored by the Black Music Caucus of New York, by the National Black Music Caucus (now the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music) of Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and by the National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music (NASPAAM). Dr. McCarroll was elected president of NASPAAM in 2011.
Born on a farm in Dayton, Alabama, Dr. McCarroll grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He studied piano with Friedrich Wuhrer at the Mannheim School of Music, Mannheim, Germany, Eugene Mancini and Marianne Matousek Mastics at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Thomas Richner and Martin Canin in New York City. He received the bachelor of music degree in piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music and master and doctor of education degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.
A former junior high school music teacher in the New York City Public School System, Dr. McCarroll is co-author of Making Music Fun: A complete collection of games, puzzles, and activities for the elementary classroom (1981) and of Elementary Music Teacher’s Almanack: Timely Music Lessons Plans For Every Day of the School Year (1978). He is a contributing author of Teaching Jazz: A Course of Study (1996).
In June, l999, Dr. McCarroll received City Tech’s Performance Excellence Award. This award was given for excellence in teaching and service to students. His honors also include being selected Educator of the Year by the Association of Black Educators of New York, CUNY Scholar by The City University of New York and Scholar on Campus by City Tech.
In addition to his roles as educator and advocate, Dr. McCarroll has given numerous piano recitals in the United States. In l982, he played for the formal opening of the Saenger Performing Arts Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and was given the key to the city. Under the auspices of Operation Crossroads Africa, he performed in a quartet, on a tour of eight countries in West Africa, playing for the Presidents of Mauritania, Liberia and Ghana.