Phil Duncan earned his Masters of Music Education degree in 1973 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music plus 60 hours of postgraduate studies. His Master's thesis focused on the study of methods for teaching beginning voice and instrumental techniques. Currently, Mr. Duncan is a Hohner Harmonica performing artist and endorsee. His styles are jazz, blues, bluegrass, folk and gospel music. Phil Duncan's career as an author for Mel Bay Publications began in 1979. After his initial harmonica book, he began writing on virtually every aspect of playing this unique instrument. He has made a significant contribution to the understanding and repertoire for this instrument. Phil added many instructional and music literature books about harmonica in just about every genre. He also has recorded instructional videos and audio that accompanies his books. These items are available in music stores throughout the world.