D.M.A. Boston University, M.M.E. New England Conservatory, B.M.E. Shenandoah Conservatory
Areas of Expertise:
Music Theory & Composition, Music History, Non-Western Music and Culture
Will Ayton was born in 1948 in Kansu province, China, of missionary parents. He received a BME from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, a MME from New England Conservatory of Music, and a DMA in Music Theory and Composition from Boston University. He has taught in public and private schools, and has been a professor of music at Roger Williams University since the late 1970’s. At Roger Williams, Will is the Music Departmnt’s primary instructor for music theory and composition. He has also taught private lessons, courses in music history, and specializes in courses dealing with non-western culture and music. Will’s performing instrument is the viola da gamba and he currently performs with with “The Greybeards” (a Baroque trio). He is also a composer and has published music for a variety of musical media.