Hello! I’m Dr. Bob Lawrence – the founder and President of The Dallas School of Music. Thanks for visiting my jazz blog and membership site discover.learn.play – I look forward to getting to know you.
I am a native of Rock Island, Illinois (located a couple of hours west of Chicago). Growing up in a musical family and constantly hearing the dixieland sounds of Bix Beiderbecke, I was destined to be a professional musician from early on. Many gifted and accomplished local jazz musicians were extremely influential during my early years of formation in the Quad-Cities (Warren Parrish, Al Frandsen, and Jack Scott to name just a few).
After receiving a Bachelors degree in music from St. Ambrose University I headed south to attend graduate school at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). Considered by many the best collegiate jazz program in the world (which it is), NTSU (UNT) is where I would have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of learning from jazz legends Dan Haerle, Rich Matteson, and Jack Peterson – what a thrill, what an environment – it was amazing and simply a dream come true!
Likewise, it was during my masters and doctoral studies at the University of North Texas, I was blessed to have the opportunity to study with internationally renowned music education philosopher and sociologist Dr. Hildegard Froehlich. Under her guidance (and wisdom) I conducted extensive research on community music education which was the focus of my dissertation.
My passion for teaching, music education, research, and entrepreneurship led to the vision and founding of The Dallas School of Music where I currently serve as President and CEO and have done so for the past 25 years. I am also the founder of JazzPianoSkills.com – a weekly program that conveniently delivers jazz piano skills to the Inbox of aspiring jazz pianists.
You can easily reach me at 972-380-8050 Ext. 211 or feel free to Email me at email@example.com. I look forward to helping you discover.learn.play jazz!
Dr. Bob Lawrence
The Dallas School of Music