Arts, Humanities, and Languages Department: Faculty and Staff

Ruszkowski, Joseph M. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Bands

Office Location: 1060 Bishop Street, Penthouse 1
Office Phone: (808) 544-0891

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Dr. Joseph M. Ruszkowski is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Hawaii Pacific University. He is the former Assistant Professor of Music Technology at the University of Hawaii, and has been an instructor in various capacities, including Student Teacher Supervisor and Assistant Director of Jazz Band, at UH since 2003.

Dr. Ruszkowski taught at Honolulu Waldorf Schools from 2004-2012, and taught at Kamehameha Schools Performing Arts Academy from 2007-2010. He has an extensive body of scholarly writing in the fields of music technology and music education, as well as several journal publications in the field of music and medicine. He is also an active music producer, engineer and clinician, and his works have received numerous awards, including the 2009 Hawaii Music Awards Classical Album of the Year as producer and engineer.

Before moving to Hawaii in 2001, Dr. Ruszkowski was the Director of Bands at Ocean City High School in New Jersey where he taught a variety of 9-12 classes including marching band, concert band, jazz band, jazz improvisation, music theory, music appreciation, piano, and recording. Prior to this, he was the Director of Music at Manchester Township High School in Lakehurst, New Jersey, where he was director of bands, choir director and director of musicals. He is a 1990 graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, a 1993 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Master of Music degree, and a 2006 graduate of the University of Hawaii with a Ph.D. in Music.