M. W. Degan graduated from Hartwick College with a B. S. in Music Education in 2011 and will earn his M. M. in Music Education from Boston University in 2016. Since 2011, he has taught orchestra and guitar at Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi, as well as directed productions of The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, and Bye Bye Birdie. M. W.'s educational philosophy centers upon bringing students' musical identity into the classroom and into the community. M. W. regularly chairs All-County and Area All-State orchestra festivals in Central New York since 2012. Since 2013, M. W. has taught jazz bass at Hartwick College and directed Hartwick's Jazz Combo, The Grooveyard Shift. M. W. is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and has served as the faculty advisor to Hartwick College's chapter since 2014. He also has a research interest in ethnomusicology of rural Southeast Asia, particularly the music of the Akha Hilltribes. In addition to his educational work, M. W. performs regularly with a variety of acts spanning rock, pop, jazz, classical, and musical theater, including performances with Sonny Turner, the Scintas, Gary Puckett, the Buckinghams, the Catskill Choral Society, and productions of Burlesque to Broadway, Guys and Dolls, Annie, and others. His performing experience has featured upright and electric bass, drums, guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, and voice. M. W.'s most recent performance was of Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio at Hartwick College.