Born to parents Jack and Shirley Knieter in Brooklyn, NY.
Marries Barbara Jane Cashetta.
Earns a Bachelor of Science in music education from New York University.
Attains a Master of Arts in music education from New York University.
Serves as a teacher of advanced theory at the Naval School of Music at the Anacostia Naval Receiving Station, where he writes the Warrant Officers curriculum and co-authors a Music Theory Text, until 1956.
Is a teacher of choral and general music at both Island Trees High School and Island Trees Memorial Middle School in Levittown, NY until 1957.
Is an interdisciplinarian on loan to the history department teaching “Fine Arts in Historical Perspective” and team-teaching “A Symposium in the Creative Arts” with an art teacher at the West Hempstead Schools, West Hempstead, NY.
Receives a Doctor of Education specializing in psychology and teacher education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Is an assistant professor of music and education at San Jose State University, where he introduces the first course on ethnomusicology and conducts the orchestra until 1965.
Is an associate professor of music, assistant to the dean and acting dean at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, where he taught a graduate course in “Psychology of Music” until 1967.
Is a professor and chairman of the Dept. of Music Education and Music Therapy and head of doctoral program, where he develops aesthetic education, at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University until 1978.
Serves as the vice president of the board of directors at the Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation.
Is recognized among the Outstanding Educators of America.
Is professor of music and dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at The University of Akron until 1986.
Serves as an adjunct professor of behavioral science at Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine, where he teaches last year medical students and continuing education courses to physicians, until 1986.
Serves as the dean of the College of Fine Arts at California State University, Northridge until 1988.
Returns to teaching graduate courses in research, aesthetics and ethnomusicology until 2006.
Is granted status as Emeritus Professor of Music at California State University, Northridge.
Completes his book, “Tonal Harmony for Professional Musicians.”