Adam Rizzo

Adam Rizzo

PhD Candidate, Music History and Theory

M.M. Music Theory, Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University

B.M. Instrumental Performance, Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University

B.M. Music Theory, Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University

Adam Rizzo is a PhD student and graduate teaching assistant in music history and theory at the University of Connecticut. His research interests include Ludomusicology (specifically video game music) and music pedagogy, and he plays English horn, oboe, and piano.

Teaching experience includes a teaching assistant position at Temple University during his master’s degree program. While at Temple, he was a teaching assistant in music theory.

Adam enjoys working with youngsters and students to share his talents and encourage them to explore their own. 

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic – from its beginnings in 2020 through 2022 – Adam taught youngsters via virtual and eventually in person formats at the Music Studio of Patricia Keith in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. His students ranged from 7-years-old to high school aged. 

Adam was the recipient of the President’s Scholarship at Temple, where he received a full tuition for his entire undergraduate time there. He graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Music Degree, and dual majors in performance and music theory.

While at Temple he traveled to Northern Ireland and Leipzig Germany for summer study abroad programs, through the generosity of scholarship funding.

He performed with various ensembles during his time at Temple University, including the Temple Wind Symphony and was a regular English horn soloist.

In 2015, Adam became the first and only high school student instrumentalist to represent the Quakertown Community School District at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All Honors National Ensemble Orchestra as an oboist in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Non-musical interests include playing  board games and a wide variety of card games. He likes to go out to eat. Adam grew up with English Labrador retrievers – including the current family dogs Caleb and Zeke – in a nearly 200-year-old farmhouse in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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Contact Information
Office LocationDRMU 145
CoursesMUSI 1011 & 1012