Derek Volkmann

Derek Volkmann – Editor

Hello there! I'm a professional editor and educator with multiple award-winning books. Check out the rest of my profile to know more!


I am a publication editor with multiple award-winning and high-profile projects distributed throughout the music industry. Prior to this, I worked in higher education and private music instruction, and I am also a part-time professional musician. I have a wide array of tastes and interests—everything from music to food, travel, theology. . . the list goes on! My #1 passion is to learn new skills and knowledge, so I definitely won't shy away from your project. I'm fully acclimated to working remotely (hey, there's a silver lining to the COVID cloud...), and I'm used to working in a deadline-oriented and collaborative environment. Most of my experience is related to music education, but that work is itself an interesting world—I've edited books that range from home recording techniques to playing jazz drum set, Irish tin whistle, and so much more! Just get in touch and we can get the ball rolling!
Education & Reference Music Technology
English (US)
  • Modern Band Method—NAMM 2022 Best in Show

Work experience

Hal Leonard LLC

Sep, 2019 — Mar, 2023 (over 3 years)

Edited music instruction publications, including text, notation, audio, and video, assessing content and pedagogy (digital and print)
Managed social media accounts and email marketing newsletters
Accompanied sales teams as a content specialist for conferences

Middle Tennessee State University

Jan, 2016 — Aug, 2019 (over 3 years)

Taught general music, sociology in music, and jazz guitar courses to undergraduate students
Accompanied vocal jazz students in lessons and performances
Accompanied jazz students in degree recitals
Assessed student performance and kept records

Self Employed (MO), Murfreesboro Academy of Music (TN)

May, 2008 — Sep, 2019 (over 11 years)

Taught guitar, bass, piano, and brass students in a variety of techniques, repertoire, and performance settings