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Name:  Samuel Alexander Floyd  

Pen Name: Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., Samuel A. Floyd

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1937 in Tallahassee, Florida

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Floyd attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he received his M. M. E. degree and his Ph. D. He taught as an associate professor in the Music Department at Southern Illinois University. He also worked at Chicago's Columbia College, where he directed the Center for Black Music Research and served as academic dean, interim vice president of academic affairs, provost and director emeritus and consultant for the Center for Black Music Research.

Biographical and Professional Information

Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., is an accomplished musical educator. He received his B.S. degree from Florida A&M University in 1957 before attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he received his M.M.E. degree in 1965, and his Ph.D. in 1969.Floyd worked as band director for Smith-Brown High School in Arcadia, Florida and later moved on to Florida A&M University, where he worked as a music instructor and the assistant director of bands until 1964 under the legendary William Foster. Between 1964 and 1978, Floyd taught as an associate professor in the Music Department at Southern Illinois University. From there, he went on to be the director of the Institute for Research in Black American Music for Fisk University, where he worked until 1983. Floyd then worked at Chicago's Columbia College, where he directed the Center for Black Music Research from 1983 to 1990, and from 1993 to 2002. He also served as academic dean from 1990 to 1993, as interim vice president of academic affairs and provost from 1999 to 2001. In 2002, Floyd became director emeritus and consultant for the Center for Black Music Research.Floyd has lectured at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States. He has served on various committees for Southern Illinois University, Fisk University, and Columbia College. Floyd has written a number of articles for professional journals, and has written and edited books on musical theory and research.His edited works include: ''Blacks in Music History,'' and ''Black Music in the Harlem Renaissance: A Collection of Essays.''


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