Emmett Goods

  • Assistant Professor of Music/Teacher in Jazz Trombone
  • Phone: 401.874.2553
  • Email: emmettgoods@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Fine Arts Center, E205


Emmett Goods is a Pittsburgh native who comes from a very rich musical background. He is a an alumnus of the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where under the tutelage of legendary drummer Roger Humphries he began to flourish as a young artist. After a short stint at the Berklee College of Music, it was under the direction of the legendary trombonist Steve Davis that Emmett earned a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from the Hartt School of Music. He earned his Masters of Music degree, also in Jazz studies, from Georgia State University and is currently working on a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance at West Virginia University.

As a performer, Emmett has shared the stage with a wide variety of artist crossing over multiple genres. In the jazz arena he has performed with Dr. Billy Taylor, Eddie Harris, Louie Bellson, Avery Sharpe, Wycliffe Gordon, and Roger Humphries among others. In the area of pop music he has performed with the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, and Gladys Knight. Latin music is a specialty and as such he has performed with the likes of Ismael Miranda, Kevin Caballo, Domingo Quinnones, Tony Vega and Yomo Torro. In addition Emmett has also played with orchestras and chamber ensembles in the classical arena. Emmett also leads his own jazz groups.

Emmett has recorded with artist such as Jennifer Holliday, The Song is You (2014, Shanicie). Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling, Destined for Greatness (2009). Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective, The Water Brought Us, (2008). Donnie McClurkin, Demo (2007). These just highlight some of the great studio work Emmett has done, not to mention TV appearances with the such artist as gospel artist Byron Cage and salsa singer Charlie Cruz.

As an educator Emmett began his successful teaching career as a private instructor teaching trombone and piano in the greater Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA area where he taught low brass and piano. After completing his undergraduate work he added classroom teaching and tutoring for the East Hartford Public Schools for three years as well. He was an adjunct teacher at the Carver School for the arts in Atlanta, GA for two years while a student Georgia State, and served as band director at Miller Magnet School for the Arts in Macon, GA for 9 months. From 2009-2011 Emmett was the Assistant Director of Bands and Brass Instructor at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. Recently he has served as the assistant band director at the Urban Pathways Charter School 6-12 and the music teacher at the Urban Pathways K-5 school, holding these positions for 4 years. He was an adjunct professor at Goodwin College from 2014-2017 and served as a visiting professor at Springfield College for the academic year 2016-2017.

Emmett’s trombone teachers include Prof. Jay Ashby, Murray Crewe, Dr. Thomas Gibson, Calvin “Carl” Jackson, Dr. Keith Jackson, Prof. Matty Shiner, and Mr. Harry Stephens.


  • D.M.A. in Trombone Performance from West Virginia University
  • M.M. in Jazz Studies, Georgia State University
  • B.M. in Jazz Studies, Hartt School of Music