Dr. Darla S. Hanley is the Dean of Professional Education at Berklee College of Music. She received both a Ph.D. and a Master of Music in Music Education Research from Temple University and a Bachelor of Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Dr. Hanley is an active clinician, conductor, and adjudicator. She has presented numerous workshops and lectures including presentations at National, Regional, and State conferences. Dr. Hanley was a member of the Steering Committee to revise the Standards of Learning (SOL) for elementary/general music in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Dr. Hanley is one of the primary authors of the elementary general music series, Music Expressions, by Alfred Music Publishing (Music Expressions is the K-8 component of the Expressions Music Curriculum - a comprehensive PreK-12 series including general music, band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, chorus, piano, and guitar). She is also a contributing author to MENC publications: Strategies for Teaching K-4 General Music and Strategies for Teaching Middle Level General Music. Dr. Hanley is a recipient of the Shenandoah University Wilkins Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovative Contributions to Educations, and (Five) National MENC Collegiate Chapter of Excellence Awards as Chapter Advisor. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education: MENC, the Virginia Music Educator's Association, the International Association for Jazz Educators, and Pi Kappa Lambda (Music Honor Society), and the American Association of Colleges and Universities Associate Program.