Jmurnanepictureohn R. Murnane plays clarinet in the Wachusett Community Band (Dir. Lou Borelli) Over the summer of 2016, he played tenor saxophone in a big band called Take Jazz under the direction of Steve Dickerson. He studies advanced jazz saxophone with Kenji Kikuchi at the Joy of Music Program in Worcester. John taught history for nearly 30 years, beginning as a Teaching Assistant at Salem State College in 1990. He is a former faculty member at Worcester Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts, where he taught history (1996-2016) and served as the Arts and Humanities Curriculum Coordinator (2004-6), Chair of the History and Social Sciences Department (2006-10), the Director of Open Gates and the Director of Academic Programs (2010-2014). John has been an adjunct instructor at Clark University, Fitchburg State University and Mt. Wachusett Community College as well as a Reader for the College Board AP United States History and AP World History, a College Board workshop leader on AP World History and a volunteer at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston. John served in the U.S. Air Force, 1984-88.  He has a B.A. from Salem State University, an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Ph.D. from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. John has published articles in American Diplomacy, The History Teacher, World History ConnectedThe New England Journal of History, All About Jazz and the Jazz Times. He lives in Holden, Massachusetts, with his wife and three sons.

Dr. Murnane’s CV (click here)

Reflections on teaching world history (click here)



5 thoughts on “About

  1. Fred Lilienkamp says:

    Hi John,

    One meets the most interesting people playing music. Perhaps you may know my wife – Renee Malowitz? She was teaching part time as the ceramics teacher at Worcester Academy the last couple of years. This year she started as a full-time teacher there, teaching ceramics, You must know Al Vaudreuil then – ? a fellow jazz guitarist. Did you know Jim Allard saxophonist? We used to play together in a jazz band called “Two Finger Snap” in the 1980’s in Worcester. Jim also lived in Hubbardston but passed away in 2014.


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