Gabriel Fadale, D.M.A.

“Studying music is an exciting journey! My personal philosophy is to Inspire, Perspire, and Achieve. My students inspire me to be the best teacher that I can be, and in turn, I hope to inspire my students to produce exemplary work. I will work hard—perspire—to prepare for each class and lesson, and expect my students to do the same. With the perspiration of hard work, we will see achievements toward our ultimate end goals.”


Instructor of music: applied woodwinds and music theory

Educational Background

  • D.M.A., University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC
  • M.M., Penn State University – State College, PA
  • B.M., Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY

Year joined Franklin



I am a classically trained saxophonist with doubling abilities on clarinet, flute, oboe, and bassoon. While my primary area of performance is in the classical saxophone repertoire, I have studied jazz saxophone and improvisation as well, and encourage my students to be versed in both idioms.

As a modern-day classical saxophonist, I have a particular affinity for performing avant-garde works. In addition, I enjoy commissioning new works from composers.

Coupled with my love of performing, I specialize in music theory and aural skills, and the current pedagogical trends in teaching these important subjects.

What is music theory?

Music theory is an academic area of study that examines the underlying principles, concepts, and time-honored traditions used by composers and performers when making (composing, improvising, and performing) music. The study of music theory is to music as the study of grammar is to writing. In class, we will cover fundamental topics such as note identification, intervals, scales, key signatures, and basic part-writing to more advanced concepts like modulations, Roman numeral analysis, and twelve-tone serialism. Additionally, we will make music in class using our voices (singing), keyboards, and performing on primary instruments.

At Franklin College, the music department offers a four-semester sequence of music theory classes beginning with the most basic material and progressing to the most advanced by the end of the fourth semester of study.

What is expected of me in Applied (Private) Lessons?

Once a week, you will have a private lesson with your instructor. On the day of your lesson (scheduled at a mutually convenient time for you and your instructor) you will be expected to come—punctually, and at your scheduled time—with your instrument and music, having prepared materials (scales, etudes, pieces, etc.) as assigned in your previous lesson. I will do my best to schedule your lesson at a time that allows you to arrive at the Johnson Center for Fine Arts with enough time to unpack your instrument and to complete a warm-up routine in a practice room before your actual lesson time.

During your lesson, I will listen to you play, I will play with you, and offer you advice and suggestions for improvement. Additionally, I will give you a clear assignment and practice strategies to prepare for your next lesson. The “homework” for applied lessons is to diligently practice the assigned materials on your own throughout the week leading up to your next lesson (ideally, 30 to 45 minutes a day, at least 5 times during the week).

Each student enrolled in lessons is expected to attend the weekly instrumental seminar, as well as perform a jury as your final exam at the end of the semester.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

  • Dissertation: A Comprehensive Examination of the Saxophone Chamber Music of John Fitz Rogers
  • Presentation at the United States Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium on extended techniques in the music of Ryo Noda.
  • Presentation on Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VII/VIIb
  • Paper: The Universality of Microtonal Saxophone Music
  • Member of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (national music fraternity) and Pi Kappa Lambda (national music honors society)

What Students Say

“Dr. Fadale has helped me to completely grow in my learning for music theory. I am so grateful to have had him as a professor because he worked with me on things that I had trouble understanding. He communicates very carefully what we need to know and how we need to approach homework and other assignments. He is a wonderful professor.” – anonymous student course evaluation comment from Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, FL, spring semester 2016)

In My Spare Time…

Something my colleagues don’t know about me is that I had the opportunity to travel to Italy. I attended a saxophone conference with a friend of mine. While traveling by train, we became separated (he got off the train and I did not). I ended up in Luciano Pavarotti’s hometown (Modena) stuck on a train while desperately trying to figure out how to reconnect with my friend!