A native of western Pennsylvania, Daniel T. Politoske received his BS degree in music education at Indiana State College of Pennsylvania. After service in the Army, he continued his graduate work at the University of Louvain and Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Belgium. He completed his MM degree in music history and a PhD degree in musicology at the University of Michigan.
Politoske has been on the music faculties at Hillsdale College in Michigan; the University of Michigan; the University Division of the Interlochen Arts Academy; the University of Georgia; and the University of Kansas since 1975. He has been a guest professor at Wichita State University and at the University of Warsaw, Poland.