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Tyron

Tyron serves as Arts Education and Cultural Specialist. He is a two-time Emmy award winner and holds a BA degree in music education from Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) as well as a MA in jazz studies and Ph.D in ethnomusicology both from Indiana University-Bloomington (IUB). Along with his academic studies, Tyron's expertise in arts and culture stems from decades of his participation during recordings and live performances as music director, guitarist, vocalist, composer and arranger for various national artists such as A Taste of Honey, Marietta Simpson, Angela Brown, Donnie McClurkin, Dionne Warwick, The Soulful Symphony, Walt Whittman and The Soul Children of Chicago, Kathy Taylor and Dorothy Norwood among others. Tyron has taught on the music faculty of BCU, and he is currently on faculty at IUB as an Assistant Professor in African American and African Diaspora Studies as well as Director of the IU Soul Revue. In addition, Tyron is the founding director of IUB's Camp S.O.U.L (Students Obtaining Unique [music] Levels), which is a high school summer program that recruits underrepresented students interested in the performance, historical and theoretical dimensions of African American music and culture. He not only shares his expertise within the academy, but also has become a successful and sought after industry insider. This is evident in the fact that Tyron was nominated for a total of three Emmys between 2012 and 2013 for his work as talent and composer for PBS documentaries. In 2015 Tyron won two Emmy awards, one for his work as composer for PBS documentary, "Bobby 'Slick' Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier;" the other for his work as talent and arranger for the song "Strange Fruit" featured on PBS's Art of the Matter segment entitled "Strange Fruit." Tyron's scholarship, teaching and performance experiences have allowed him to develop a unique ability to transmit creative concepts in a way that clarifies the link between arts and culture within and beyond the academy. He would love to share with you!

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