A. David Villani, D.M.A.

Associate Teaching Professor, Music and Communications
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Office Location
Hawthorn Building, 268

    Dr. Villani is recognized by many as one of the top audio professionals in the region. He has been recording and engineering music for almost three decades and has mixed and edited musical content alongside Grammy Award winners Paul Winter, Mike Reid and David Gates (Bread). He has composed and scored numerous orchestral commissions, regional jingles, commercial music titles and has arranged music for orchestras and various other music ensembles. His national television credits include work for the Miss America Pageant (NBC Television Network) and Honda America. A recent project included editing and engineering voice tracks with actor TJ Miller for the popular video game “Call of Duty” by Activision. He has studied electronic music with Robert Moog, the legendary pioneer and inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. As a synthesist, he programmed two MIDI books for Technics Corporation published by Hal Leonard Publishing. He has designed sound for numerous local theater productions as well as performed in pit orchestras as a keyboardist for theatrical productions. In addition to teaching audio production, the physics of music, music theory, the history of jazz, and the history of the Beatles, he maintains and manages Data Music Services, a state-of-art commercial audio/video editing facility that is based in Altoona. He was one of the early adopters of non-linear digital technologies, and is recognized for his expertise in Pro Tools software. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree in jazz arranging/composition from Temple University, a Master of Arts degree in music theory/composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a D.M.A. (Doctorate of Music Arts) degree in music education from Boston University. He has also studied acoustics at North Carolina University/Ashville, and North Texas State University. His dissertation studied the implementation of music software among high school music educators. His research interests focus on the integration of technology in music education.


    DMA, Music Education

    MA, Music Theory/Composition

    BM, Jazz arranging/Composition