Stan Breckenridge


Stan Breckenridge is an academician, author, composer, vocalist and pianist, recording artist, and performer, and holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, USA. He is co-chair of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. As a specialist in American music and society, Dr. Breckenridge has authored three books: Popular Music in America: Forging the American Spirit; Music Taste or Waste: Critical Listening Skills for Students, Teachers, and Parents; and African American Music for Everyone: Including Theater, Film and Dance.

Dr. Breckenridge was selected as a U.S. Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar to Poland for the 2012–2013 academic year, with an extension through the 2013–2014 academic year where he taught in the Department of American Studies at the University of Marie Curie Sklodowska in Lublin, at the over 650-year-old Jagiellonian University in Krakow, respectively. His Fulbright Scholar proposal was centered on learning about American society through the lens of the performing arts with an emphasis on African American music. He was also selected as a Fulbright Scholar to serve in Poland for Fall of 2005. While in Poland from 2012-2014, Dr. Breckenridge gave over 100 concerts, performances, and lectures representing American society throughout Poland

Dr. Breckenridge has lectured and performed and continues to do so nationally as well as internationally in countries such as France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, and the Ukraine. National performances have included a number of states, and at venues such as The Dorothy Chandler, The Greek Theater, The Los Angeles Forum, The Los Angeles Sports Arena, The Embassy Hotel, The Hollywood Bowl, The Watts Summer Festival, Capitol Records, TV Channels 5, 11 and KOCE, Maverick’s Flats, Dooto’s, and many others. Dr. Breckenridge has appeared with and/or performed for personalities such as Madeleine Albright, Bobby Blue Bland, Scott Baio, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Bill Cosby, Jerry Lewis, Moms Mabley, Greg Morris, Martha Reeves, Sam Riddle, David Ruffin, Avery Lawrence Schreiber, Rowan and Martin, Bernard Shaw, Nancy Sinatra, Lea Thompson, John Travolta, John Wayne, and many others.