Cedric Carl Dent, a native of Detroit, Michigan, began private piano lessons at age 6, and the study of music theory at age 14. Dr. Dent is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy (1980) and holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.M., Vocal Music Education, 1985), the University of Alabama (M.M., Music Theory/Arranging, 1987) and the University of Maryland (Ph.D., Music Theory, 1997).

A frequent guest lecturer, Dr. Dent recently presented a week of lectures at the University of California, Irvine as part of the 2000-2001 Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Series. He also held the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN) in the spring of 1999. Also in 1999, Dr. Dent hosted a music education series for children (grades 5-8) entitled “Music to My Ears” for PBS in Nashville, TN (WDCN). His research interests include the historical and harmonic development of black gospel music, and vocal jazz group arranging and performance. His doctoral dissertation traces the harmonic development of the black religious quartet singing tradition. Dr. Dent is a member of the music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and was selected as an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1989 and 1998.

He served as Minister of Music for Calvary Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan (1982-1985), Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (1986-1987) and served on the council of the W. O. Smith Community School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee (1991-1993).

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