After receiving her MA in Music History and Literature at Arizona State University, Jean Ferris taught Music History and Appreciation at ASU. In addition to her work at the University, she has been involved with the music community by serving as a church choir director, singing with the Phoenix Symphony Chorale, playing the organ, and touring to Japan with her high school handbell choir-apparently the first handbell choir to perform in that country.
Ferris is the author of two books: Music: The Art of Listening and America's Musical Landscape.Larry Worster
Larry Worster began his musical career as a guitarist and bassist, performing for fifteen years in a variety of styles from country and rock to jazz to Irish folk music. He studied guitar and musicology at the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his doctorate in 1994, subsequently publishing his dissertation as Cecil Effinger: A Colorado Composer through Scarecrow Press. He has taught courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Regis University, Denver University, and Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he is now a tenured full professor of music history. His interest in pedagogy led him to spend two years as Director of Assessment and Technology for the Student Services division of the college. He developed the first online music appreciation course taught at his institution in 1998. He is a longtime member of the Society for American Music, in which he has served in a variety of positions most notably as Vice President.
Soon after teaching his first music appreciation class over twenty years ago, he began developing the interactive listening guide software that has become known as ChartPlayer and which has been published by McGraw-Hill as an ancillary to five music appreciation textbooks over the last ten years. His most recent creation, ChartPlayer MPEG, will be provided to adopters of Music: The Art of Listening and for the first time will allow professors to use interactive listening guides in the classroom without ever having to insert a CD into their computer, as well as create their own interactive guides for additional listening examples. His major contribution to Music: The Art of Listening has been to revise all of the listening guides for consistency of formatting and content, as well as for the accessibility of the language used in the guides.