Michael G. Garber has a PhD as a Theatre historian and also a certificate in Film Studies from the City University of New York Graduate Center.
His Bachelor of the Arts degree is from SUNY Empire State College in Film and Theatre Studies. (Of interest to Purchase College students: While earning his bachelor’s degree, Michael took courses at Purchase College in theatre, film, and other subjects.)
Michael's specialty is the study of the American musical, on both stage and screen. He teaches college courses about theatre, film, musicals, classical music, popular songs, and public speaking.
Michael has a number of other strings to his bow. A lifelong passion of his is the study of Tin Pan Alley, i.e., American popular songs of the first half of the twentieth century—and he is starting an on-line resource site with information about these songs.
He is also a longtime student of the work of one of the pioneers of holism, Dr. John Diamond. Using this training, he leads a group of Purchase College students and alumni who visit nursing homes in the White Plains area and facilitate singalongs.
His current research projects include an article on what was around before scat singing and a book about the earliest torch songs.