Herbert A. Deutsch

Professor Emeritus of Music


MM, 1961, Manhattan Schl Music; BM, 1960, Manhattan Schl Music; BSED, 1956, Hofstra Univ


A composer of music in various media, Professor Deutsch’s work has been widely performed and his commissioned works have been featured at national and regional conferences of The Music Educators National Conference, Small Computers and the Arts Network, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States and other organizations. In 1972 he co-founded the Long Island Composers Alliance. During his 50-year teaching career at Hofstra, he founded the Jazz Ensemble, Electronic Music Studios, New Music Ensemble and created the B.S. Degree programs in Jazz, Composition/Theory and Music Business. He received the George Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Hofstra Alumni Achievement Award in 2001. In his honor the Music Department has established the Herbert Deutsch Award for highest honors in Music Education.

In 1964 he collaborated with Robert A. Moog on the development of the Moog Synthesizer and, in September of 1965, his "New York Improvisation Quartet" presented the Moog’s first jazz program at the Museum of Modern Art. Since 1994, he has been a member of The NY State School Music Association's Music Technology Committee. He is also a member and judge of NYSSMA's Composition and Improvisation Committee. He is a regular clinician in composition sessions at NYSSMA’s All-State Conference and is a NYSSMA all-state jazz adjudicator.

He served as Director of Marketing and Sales at Moog Music from 1979-83, a marketing and development consultant to Roland Corporation and Jim Henson's Muppets. He is the author of Synthesis (Alfred Publishing Co.), in its second edition and published in Japanese and Korean; Electroacoustic Music; Its First Century (CPP/Belwin); and Teach Yourself Piano (Karamar Publications). His CDs include Woman in Darkness, September 1999, and From Moog to Mac June 2007. In June 2000 he was featured on a History Channel production on the First Moog Synthesizer, and he appears and has music credits in the 2004 film MOOG. He is listed in Who's Who in America 1999-2012 and Who's Who in Education.

In 2007 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to electronic music at BB Kings in NY City. He was inducted into the LI Music Hall of Fame and received the NY State School Music Association Distinguished Service Award. In 2010 his work on the development of the Moog Synthesizer was made a permanent exhibit at Hofstra University.

In addition to his professor emeritus status at Hofstra, Professor Deutsch is a visiting professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.


  • Small Computers in the Arts Network (SCAN)
  • Society for ElectroAcoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS)
  • Long Island Composers Alliance (co-founder), 1972; President, 1998-2002, 2008-2013
  • President, 1998, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society
  • NY State School Music Association, Music Technology Committee since 1993
  • Music Educators National Conference
  • New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), Composition and Improvisation committee since 1998
  • The Bob Moog Foundation


  • “The BOB” lifetime achievement award in electronic music, 2006
  • Long Island Music Hall of Fame, “Music Educator of Note”, 2007
  • N.Y State School Music Association, Distinguished Service Award, 2007


  • Woman In Darkness - music for theater, cabaret and concert stage. Woman In Darkness is a production of 4-TAY Inc.
  • Works performed on Leonard Lehrman Performs Solo Piano Works by the Members of the Long Island Composers Alliance (Capstone)
  • Diverse Light, Vol. 2-The Meridian String Quartet (Capstone)
  • From Moog to Mac, Ravello records, 2012


  • Professor Deutsch has his own music publishing company, Pulse Concepts Publishing (an ASCAP company)
  • Music: Alfred Music Publishers, Accentuate Music, World Library of Sacred Music
  • Books: Synthesis, An Introduction to Electronic Music Alfred Music, 1974; Synthesis (revised second Edition) Alfred Music, 1976; ElectroAcoustic Music CPP/Belwin (Warner), 1993; Teaching Yourself Piano Karamar Publishers, 1995
  • Articles (selected): Report on 1965 workshop on the applications of the newly-developed Moog Synthesizer to Music Education Audio Engineering Society Journal; 10 feature articles on various areas in the development of electronic music for Music Computers & Software (1989-90); 42 feature articles, product reviews and interviews The Music & Computer Educator (1990-92); 14 record and/or CD reviews, American Record Guide (1988-93).

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
MUS 014F (AA) ELEC. MUS. TRANS. OF MUS. Undergraduate
MUS 020 (CP) ENSEMBLE Undergraduate
MUS 020P (CP) COMPOSITION Undergraduate
MUS 191 MUS MCHNDSG FLD STDY Undergraduate
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