Devin Ulibarri is a versatile musician with a diverse portfolio. He has compositions published in Conceptions Southwest magazine, a range of teaching experience—from preschool to college-level—and has performed with artists such as Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.
He holds two college degrees in music, a BM and MM in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of New Mexico and New England Conservatory. There, he studied under the tutelage of world-renowned musician, Eliot Fisk, who he has continued to work closely with for the Boston GuitarFest (2010-present) and publication-assistance (SoundBoard Magazine).
Devin Ulibarri’s multitude of interests include Nichiren Buddhism and the study of the Japanese language—which have culminated through commissions of new works from promising composers such as Emi Inaba of Berklee College of Music and Nell Shaw Cohen.
An accomplished and innovative teacher, Ulibarri has his own guitar book for the pre-reading level. He also has a thoughtful and engaging work, “Thinking Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions of Talent”, co-authored with Larry Scripp and Rob Flax, which was received by Tanglewood’s Allen Fletcher as “an immensely consequential investigation of an issue at the heart of society, and a call to effective action.”
From 2016-18, Devin served as faculty for the Preparatory and Continuing Education schools at New England Conservatory and is co-creator of Music Blocks, a visual programming language for exploring music’s fundamental concepts. Music Blocks is currently being considered for Japan’s national coding curriculum in 2020. Music Blocks development for 2020 is being done in partnership with Gakken, a major Japanese publishing company with funding from Japan’s Ministry of Economics Trade and Industry.
August 11th, 2023 | 16 mins 34 secs
Devin and Timmy discuss Music Blocks, a creative software for music education, enabling exploration of concepts and composition from scratch.