Dr. Mager was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studied Electrical Engineering at the Universidad Central and composition and conducting at the Conservatorio de Musica. In addition to degrees in Music and Technology and Music Education from New York University (NYU), his education also includes the study of multitrack recording technology at the Institute of Audio Research (IAR) in New York City. Before joining the University of New Haven, he was the Senior Instructor for Advanced Technologies at IAR and also served as the Music, Business, and Technology Program Coordinator at NYU.
He is currently a tenured associate professor in the Department of Music. Between June of 2002 and December of 2008 he served as chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and coordinator of multimedia studies. His teaching duties include courses in music, sound recording, music industry, and multimedia.
Dr. Mager has served as chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, chair of the Faculty Senate, member of the Faculty Affairs Committee, member of the Commission for the Future of UNH, member of the Global Studies Task Force, and faculty representative to the Board of Governors. He is currently a member of the faculty Budget and Finance Committee and the Arts and Sciences Professional Development Committee.
He has presented papers at professional conferences such as the First New England Conference in Uses of the Internet in Music Education in New Haven, CT; the Technological Directions in Music Learning Conference in San Antonio, TX; and the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association Conferences in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. He has published articles in International Musician and Recording World, Music and Sound Output, and MIX magazines.
He has engineered or produced recordings for ORION, Soul Note Records, Polyform Records, MCA, A-Okay Records, Philips, Wacket Records, and VELVET. Professional memberships include the Audio Engineering Society (AES), The College Music Society (CMS), The Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), and the National Academy of Popular Music (NAPM).