Mule Dixon is a songwriter and a scholar of American Song, receiving his Ph.D from the University in Texas with a concentration of the History and Practice of American Song in 2009.
Nicholas P. Ippoliti (Mule Dixon) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Ralph and Mary Ippoliti in 1968. After receiving his Associate of Arts in Music at Bucks County College in 1994, he entered Mansfield University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1997 and a Master of Science in Education in 2001. Upon completing his degree program in Education, Ippoliti received recognition for his community-outreach program designed to utilize the art of songwriting as a means for troubled youth to express themselves in a constructive way.
In 2003, Ippoliti entered the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas to further his studies of the dynamic power of songwriting, where he received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities in 2009. Ippoliti’s concentration while at UTD was American Lyricism: the United Stated Protest Narrative. His dissertation titled “Echo of McCallum” was an interactive, creative and historical production – a first for UTD. The project includes 13 songs written in the tradition of U.S. protest songs of the 20th century dating back to before World War I through the Vietnam War era. This innovative project is accompanied by scholarly essays and web-based material.
Ippoliti’s performance spaces range from festivals, theatres, secondary schools, children’s homes, coffee houses, bars and clubs. In 2001, Ippoliti opened for folk and blues legend, ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Grammy Nominee, Dave Van Ronk. Ippoliti is recognized as a songwriter for both his live performance and his dedication to the understanding of the history, development, and application of the aesthetics of song. Ippoliti has presented his lecture/community song workshops, “Song as the Will to Meaning,” at Corning Community College, Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell and Tarrant County College. Ippoliti was invited to deliver the keynote speech at the 2011 Creative Voice Symposium with the Arts and Humanities Department at Tarrant County College. This lecture can be found on Mule Dixon/YouTube.
Ippoliti currently teaches online English Composition, Rhetoric, and American Literature for Richland College located in Dallas, Texas and Corning Community College located in Corning, New York.
Albums & Singles:
Second Chance, single, 1993
Who I am, 1996
Tramp Art, americana, 2000
Echo of McCallum, 2009
I Don't Mind, single, 2012
Wood and Wine, single, 2012
Don't worry 'Bout Me, Mama, single, 2012
Pillow: American-Made, 2013