David A. Tokar, Ph.D.

David A. Tokar, Ph.D.
Member ISS Advisory Board

David A. Tokar, Ph.D. began pursuing Spirituality at an early age. He began studying guitar and the age of eleven and began performing publicly within a few years. He became a full-time professional musician in 1980 and taught and performed music for over thirty years. He was initiated into Transcendental Meditation in 1978 and attended numerous Meditation courses, including many lectures by Charlie Lutes.

He earned a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance (1989) and a Master of Music in Classical Guitar and Music History at Temple University, where he studied and performed in Masterclasses with Oscar Ghiglia, Michael Lorimer, Christopher Parkening. In 2002, he earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from Rutgers University, where he was the first candidate to write a dissertation devoted solely to Music and Spirituality. While at Rutgers, he also received a Dissertation Grant to design and teach a course entitled, "Music of the Spheres." He has taught Guitar and Music History at Temple University, Rutgers University, Delaware Valley College, and other locations while maintaining a home studio.

Dr. Tokar joined the Institute of Spiritual Sciences in 2016 and soon became an administrator for the ISS Facebook Page. He now serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Spiritual Sciences and continues to write articles on Music and Spirituality, Comparative Religion, and other Spiritual Topics.
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