Degrees: B. M. The University of Alabama; M. M. The Eastman School of Music; D. M. A. The University of Alabama

Dr. Joel Phillips is Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he has taught since 1985. He is the 2009-2010 recipient of the Rider University Distinguished Teaching Award. Phillips's compositions have received a number of awards and his choral works are published by G. Schirmer, Inc., Transcontinental Music Publications, GIA, and Mark Foster Music (Shawnee Press).

A member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Phillips served for five years as Chief Faculty Consultant for the Advanced Placement Examination in Music Theory. The second edition of his two-volume textbook, The Musician’s Guide to Aural Skills, coauthored by Paul Murphy (SUNY–Fredonia), Elizabeth West Marvin (Eastman School of Music), and Jane Clendinning (Florida State University), is published by W. W. Norton and Company. Also coauthored with Marvin and Clendinning and published with W. W. Norton is Phillips’s new textbook, The Musician’s Guide to Fundamentals.

Phillips has been an invited speaker on conferences throughout the United States and in Canada and has appeared on more than sixty presentations and panels. Phillips is a founding member and past president of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic and is Editor of the Society for Music Theory’s Newsletter.