Humanities and Arts

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Phone: +1-508-831-6575

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Vincent "V.J." Manzo

My passion for teaching stems from my own love of learning. Being an effective teacher, I have learned, is more than just showing students the tools of the trade, but explaining concepts and, hopefully, imparting a love of the pursuit of knowledge. Project-oriented instruction, like we have at WPI, provides a mechanism for making classroom instruction practical; the nature of these projects being, in many ways, student-directed also makes their efforts relevant to their growing interests. My interests as a composer and technologist have grown through the years for many reasons. Among the most important, I was fortunate to have had excellent teachers model what it means to excel in research and professional activity. I hope to model the same to my students at WPI.

Research Interests

  • Algorithmic and traditional composition
  • Interactive music system programming
  • Music theory
  • Music cognition and education
  • Guitar performance


  • BA, Kean University, 2005
  • MM, New York University, 2007
  • PhD, Temple University, 2012

Featured Publications

  • Max/MSP/Jitter for Music (book) published by Oxford University Press (2011)
  • Effects of Polyphonic Interactive Music Systems on Determining Harmonic Functions (paper) Temple University (2012)
  • Multimedia-Based Visual Programming Promoting Core Competencies in IT Education (paper) Assoc. Computing Machinery (2011)
  • Confounding Pitch Height in Studies of Tonal Hierarchy (paper) Temple University (2008)
  • Implementing Modality in Algorithmic Composition (paper) New York University (2007)

Professional Highlights

  • NAMM research grant recipient in interactive music system development & education (2010 – present)
  • Who’s Who Award recipient (2005, 2010, 2012)
  • Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) grant recipient (2011)
  • College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) Conference Presentation Award (2009)
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