Thaddeus Stegall

Associate Instructor of Music and Producer Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: thaddeus.stegall@nyu.edu
Education: MA, Michigan State University; BS, Florida A&M University (FAMU) ;

Research Areas: gospel music, R&B music, poetry, international education, intercultural development, leadership, student development, and Black families


Thaddeus Stegall is an Associate Instructor of Music and Producer at NYU Abu Dhabi. He is best described as an artist, educator, and visionary.

As a young musician, Thaddeus’ musical journey began playing gospel music in church. While continuing with gospel music, Thaddeus began participating in the marching band in high school and continued on through college. In 2014, he graduated magna cum laude from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a BS in Music Education. While at FAMU Thaddeus president of the FAMU Chapter of the National Association for Music Education and a drum major in the world-renowned FAMU “Marching 100” Band.

Thaddeus shifted his focus to further develop his leadership skills and cultivate his passion for higher education. In 2016, he graduated from Michigan State University with a MA in Student Affairs Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Urban Education. While at MSU and continuing to the present, Thaddeus has been quite active as a scholar and practitioner. He has published a book chapter and an article on Higher Education and Student Affairs, presented at multiple international higher education conferences (NASPA and ACPA) and given talks at both TEDxMSU and TEDxNYUAD in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

Before joining NYUAD, Thaddeus served as On-Site Director for the Duke Talent Identification Program at Duke Kunshan University. As a member of the academic support team, Thaddeus oversees the production of events and performances hosted by the Music Program, working in coordination with the Music Program Leadership, Faculty, Academic Support Team, the Arts Center staff, students, vendors, and other external parties. Thaddeus is active at NYU Abu Dhabi as a trainer/facilitator and coach.

Thaddeus’ artistic, research, and teaching interests include gospel music, R&B music, poetry, international education, intercultural development, leadership, student development, and Black families.