the home page of David Brian Williams

What I do...

  • Professor Emeritus of Music and Arts Technology at Illinois State University
  • Consultant and technology evangelist on music and arts technology, computer technlogy and Web design
  • Teacher, musician (clarinet/bari sax/wind controller),composer, writer, software developer, and former administrator
  • Past President of The College Music Society and member of the TI:ME Executive Committee
  • Golfer and inveterate reader and movie watcher 

CMS Seoul, Korea Conference Presentation "Novel Strategies for Teaching Graduate Music Research"
(July 2011)

Selected list of music libraries, archives, and other things for music research classes.

David Brian Williams, Ph.D.
Emeritus School of Music
Illinois State University 


Visit my active website at for current professional activities, resources, compositions, and publications, or my site for promoting the use of music technology to reach the "Other 80%" of students not engaged in music ( in our schools.


Tenure at Illinois State University: 1976 to 2006



University Distinctions

Campus Committee Work

University: Chair, Executive Committee for Academic Technology (ECAT), 2000-2003;
Chair, Campus Mass E-mail Policy Committee; Chair, USA Patriot Act Task Force; Chair,
Campus Portal Advisory Group; Provost's Advisory Council (2000-2003); Member of the
campus academic computing advisory council (1979-2003); Provost's technology strategic
planning committee (1999); President Wallace's Strategic Planning Committee (1992),
President Wallace's University Academic Enhancement Committee (1993), Chair of the
President’s VISION 2000 Strategic Planning Committee for Academic Computing (1993),
University College Research Coordinators Committee, Technology Tuition Fee Committee,
NCA Evaluation Technology Subcommittee.

College and Departmental: Chair of the College Research Committee, College Council,
Dean’s Chairs Council, Chair of the College Computer Advisory Committee. While Acting
Dean: Dean’s Council, Provost’s Advisory Council, Shakespeare Festival Board, Friends of
the Arts Board, Performing Arts Center Planning Committee.

Biographical Sketch: Dr. Williams’ distinguished career has included teaching and administrative appointments at Illinois State University, SWRL Educational Research Laboratory, California State Los Angeles, Southern Methodist University, the University of Washington, and the University of Guam. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music Theory degree from Northwestern Louisiana State University and a PhD in Systematic Musicology from the University of Washington. His technology work broadly covers multimedia and Internet applications, music and arts technology education, the development of software applications for music education, and the management of information and instructional technology resources.   While at ISU he created the arts technology interdisciplinary program in 1980, a program now offering bachelor and master degrees for some 150 students; the program was recently renamed Creative Technologies.      

Dr. Williams has served as a consultant to a many organizations in education and business combining his music, computer science, research, and administrative experience. He has written extensively in the areas of music education, music psychology, music and arts technology, and instructional development. His most recent book, which he co-authors with Peter Webster, is entitled Experiencing Music Technology (soon to be published in its 4th edition with Oxford University Press). He has served on boards for the National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Illinois Music Educators Association, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction,  and the Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME). He chaired the MENC task force for developing Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music Technology and, in 2001, received the Illinois Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award for his work in music technology.

He is a much-invited speaker, clinician, and consultant to many professional meetings, universities, public schools, and business organizations. He is a Past President of The College Music Society and a Member of the Executive Board of TI:ME and serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Music, Technology and Music Education and the Journal of Technology in Music Learning. His compositions and arrangements are for various wind, choral and vocal, opera, and multimedia genres.