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Dr. William I. Bauer

Dr. William I. Bauer is Professor and Area Head for Music Education at the University of Florida, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes, guides graduate research, and directs the Master of Music in Music Education Distance Learning Program. His current research interests include technology for music learning, creative thinking in music, and lifelong musicking. Previously he taught at universities in Ohio, Indiana, and Virginia, and was an instrumental (band and orchestra) and general music teacher for eight years in the Ohio public schools.

Dr. Bauer’s book, Music Learning Today: Digital Pedagogy for Creating, Performing, and Responding to Music (2nd edition, is published by Oxford University Press. His numerous research and pedagogical writings appear in prominent journals and chapters of edited books. He has been a frequent presenter at conferences and other events throughout the world. Bauer has served as a member of the editorial boards of the Music Educators Journal, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, and Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; he is former editor of Contributions to Music Education. He was named an Apple Distinguished Educator by Apple, Inc. in 2003 and a Google Certified (Teacher) Innovator by Google in 2008. To learn more, visit http://billbauer.net/.

Dr. Bauer holds a PhD in Music Education from Kent State University, a Master of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Mary Birkner

Dr. Mary Birkner teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Instructional Design in Music Education, American Vernacular Music, and Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Music Education. She is also the director of the University’s Flute Ensemble.

Prior to her time at the University, Dr. Birkner taught general music for preschool students, as well as K-6 students in Florida and Texas. Additionally, she serves as a flutist with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and maintains a music studio where she teaches private flute and piano lessons.

Dr. Birkner holds a PhD in Music Education and a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Florida. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Denison University.

Dr. Dale Bazan

Dr. Dale Bazan has been an adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Education with the University of Florida Online Master of Music in Music Education Degree since its inception. He designed and serves as lead instructor of the American Vernacular Music course and regularly teaches several other classes. His primary appointment is Coordinator of Music Education for University of Louisiana – Lafayette.

​Prior to his position at UL Lafayette in 2019, Dr. Bazan was a music education professor at University of Alaska – Anchorage and was previously Associate Professor of Practice in Music Education at University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) from 2007-2017. Dr. Bazan has presented internationally on a number of topics including instrumental music education, student-centered instruction, music teacher education, and popular musicianship. In the music education research world he is (or has been) an Editorial Board Member and Reviewer for Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Music and Dance, Urban Education, and Middle Grades Research Journal.

Dr. Bazan holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Manitoba (Canada), Masters of Music from University of Northern Iowa, and Ph.D. in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Manny Brand

Dr. Manny Brand was Professor and Director of schools of music at Texas State University, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. He was also head of music education at the University of Houston and served on the faculty of SUNY-Potsdam.Consultant and guest lecturer for numerous universities and conservatories throughout the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the US, Dr. Brand has published over 100 articles and papers on a variety of topics dealing with music teacher education and is currently serving as the external examiner for the Education University of Hong Kong. He has served on the editorial boards of leading American journals in music education as well as selected music education journals in Asia and Europe. He has also served as the editor of the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. Additionally, Dr. Brand has supervised over thirty doctoral music education dissertations and is the author of the book The Teaching of Music in Nine Asian Nations (Mellen Press).

Dr. Brand earned a PhD and an MM from the University of Miami. He also holds a BME from The Florida State University.

Dr. Timothy S. Brophy

Timothy S. Brophy is a Professor of Music Education and Director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Florida. He is a multiple award-winning teacher and has published over 50 articles and book chapters. Brophy is the sole author of three books and has edited and published seven volumes of the selected papers from the International Symposia on Assessment in Music Education. He is the sole editor and a contributing author of the two-volume Oxford Handbook on Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education. Dr. Brophy has conducted workshop sessions and conference presentations throughout the United States, and in Australia, Canada, China, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. He has served as a past National Chair of the Assessment Special Research Interest Group of the National Association for Music Education and founded the first Assessment Special Interest Group for the International Society for Music Education. Brophy has focused international attention on assessment in music education as the Founding and Organizing Chair of the International Symposia on Assessment in Music Education (ISAME), a biennial series of symposia that began in 2007 that have been conducted across the world.

Dr. Brophy earned a PhD in Music Education from the University of Kentucky. He also holds a Master of Music from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Music Education from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Dr. David Goss

Dr. David Goss completed his Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Florida. While at UF, he taught undergraduate music education courses, directed one of the University Concert Bands, taught undergraduate conducting, and assisted with the Gator Marching Band, Basketball Band, and Volleyball Band. As a clarinetist, Dr. Goss has performed in France, Germany, Russia, and across the United States. He appears on multiple recordings as a performer and Assistant Producer with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, University of Florida Wind Symphony, and the University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble. Dr. Goss is an active music educator and has presented sessions in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Florida.

In addition to a PhD from UF, Dr. Goss holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from
Montclair State University, Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Montclair State University.

We had the best faculty of not just any one campus, we had the best of many different campuses across the country. I think that UF has really done a superb job in doing that, because it creates a program of eminence.

– Kendra Gannaway
Online Master of Music in Music Education Graduate

Dr. Marshall Haning

Marshall Haning is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, research methods, and other related topics. Before beginning his collegiate teaching career, Dr. Haning taught high school choir and music theory courses in the public schools of North Carolina.

Dr. Haning’s research interests include music education and music teacher education curricula, informal and nonformal approaches to music education, nonperformance music courses, and assessment in music education. He is well-published in scholarly journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, International Journal of Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and the Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, and is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international music education conferences. Dr. Haning is also in demand as a choral clinician and adjudicator, and has served in this capacity across the United States as well as in Africa, Australia, and Europe.

Dr. Haning holds a PhD in music education from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He also earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Kent State University.

Dr. Barry Hartz

For over 30 years, Dr. Barry Hartz has been teaching instrumental music to students in higher education, high school, and middle school. He has been awarded the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching and was named an Outstanding Music Educator from the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA).His research focuses on innovative means of developing music literacy and ensemble performance. He has presented clinics on innovative teaching methods for state and national conferences and published articles in Contributions to Music Education and Music Educators Journal.

Dr. Hartz earned a PhD in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a Master of Music in Music Education from Morehead State University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Joshua Mills

Dr. Joshua Mills is an experienced educator, composer and music theorist. He has also served as music director of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Choral Society and is currently a chanter at the Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church in Tallahassee, Florida.

His research focuses on connections between classical rhetorical pedagogy and historic compositional training and its implications for contemporary music, the integration of atonal systems of pitch organization with tonal harmonic structures, and the intersections and interactions between timbre and harmony in late 20th and 21st century music. His compositions have been performed by numerous individuals and ensembles across the country including the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Mills earned a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University. He holds Master of Music degrees in Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy from John Hopkins University in addition to a Bachelor of Music from Houghton College.

Dr. Danielle Moreau

Dr. Danielle Moreau is a performer, educator, and arts entrepreneur based in Gainesville, Florida. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Florida, where she is an instructor within the MME program. As co-founder and percussionist of the Moreau | VanTuinen Duo, Danielle has performed at several conferences throughout the world, including the International Women’s Brass Conference, the Music by Women Festival, and the Asociación Española de Tubas y Bombardinos Conference in Madrid, Spain.

In addition to her teaching and performing career, Dr. Moreau works for an LA-based recording company called Arts Laureate, where she is a Guide Track Specialist. She also serves as President of the New Works Project, a non-profit organization committed to creating equitable new-music commissioning opportunities. The culminating endeavor of her doctoral degree, Establishing a Percussion Jazz Ensemble at the Collegiate Level, aims to provide educators with historical context, curricula, resource materials, and arrangements necessary for building and maintaining this unique group.

Dr. Moreau holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Performance and a Master of Music degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University. Her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education is from the University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Matthew D. Schatt

Dr. Matthew D. Schatt is a tenured music educator who teaches higher education, high school and elementary music education, instrumental and general music, and AP Music Theory courses.His active research interests include studying the practice routines of pre-adolescent instrumental musicians, examining the motivational interests of K-12 students, and exploring student-centered models for secondary instruction. His research has been disseminated in scholarly publications such as Applications of Research in Music Education and Psychology of Music. Dr. Schatt serves on the editorial board for Contributions to Music Education and is a guest reviewer for Psychology of Music.

Dr. Schatt earned a PhD in Music Education from Case Western University. He also holds a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Megan M. Sheridan

Dr. Megan M. Sheridan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in general music education, qualitative research, and sociology in music education. She currently serves as chair of the National Conference Choir Committee for the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). She is Kodály-certified and has completed Level II Orff-Schulwerk training.

Prior to teaching at the University level, Dr. Sheridan taught elementary general and choral music in public and private school settings. Her research interests include children’s vocal development, pedagogical approaches in the elementary music classroom, music for children with special needs and music teacher education. Her work has been published in several prominent scholarly journals, including the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. She frequently presents at state, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Sheridan earned a PhD in Music from The Ohio State University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Music and Music Education from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College.

Dr. Stephanie Standerfer

Dr. Stephanie Standerfer taught K-12 public school vocal and general music in Colorado and Virginia. Currently, she is a Professor of Music Education and the Director of Music Education at Shenandoah University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in foundations, curriculum, literacy, elementary methods, and research.

Her research interests include K-12 music curriculum development and teaching music literacy. She has given presentations for multiple national and international music education and research associations. Her research has also been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal for Music Teacher Education and the Music Educators Journal and the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education.

Dr. Standerfer earned a PhD in and a Master of Education in the foundations of education from the University of Virginia. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Dr. Keith Thompson

Dr. Keith Thompson has been a practicing music educator for more than 50 years. He taught general music in public schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania and has served on the faculties of The Ohio State University, the University of Illinois, and Penn State University. After serving as a Coordinator of Music Education for more than 30 years at Penn State, he retired, relocating to Florida.He has published more than 75 articles on general music, music for special learners, music listening, and assessment of music learning. He served as Editor of General Music Today and on the editorial board of the Journal for Research in Music Education. The bi-annual Thompson Symposium, a venue for reporting of graduate student research, is held on the Penn State campus in his honor.

Dr. Thompson earned a PhD in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University and a Master’s in Music Education from Duquesne University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Charles J. Vaughan

Dr. Charles J. Vaughn is a skilled educator with administrative experience as the music education coordinator at North Carolina A&T State University. His teaching experience spans elementary through college levels in instrumental and general music classrooms.His research interests include music assessment and secondary instrumental music education. When he is not teaching, Dr. Vaughan also performs locally as a freelance trumpet player.

Dr. Vaughn earned a PhD in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Florida. He also holds a Master of Music from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University.

Dr. Richard S. Webb

Dr. Richard S. Webb is a skilled educator with experience teaching at the university level as well as beginning, middle and high school levels.His research interests include peer teaching and learning in music and student-centered approaches in the large ensemble. He is a published scholar with articles that appear in The American String Teacher, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and School Music News. He is also an active string clinician and conductor who works with festival and honors orchestras across the United States.

Dr. Webb earned his PhD in Music Education from Northwestern University. He also holds degrees in viola performance from Bowling Green State University and the University of Cincinnati College—Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Peter R. Webster

Dr. Peter R. Webster has over 30 years of college teaching experience on topics such as the philosophy of music education, graduate research, music technology, assessment, and creative thinking in music. After five years of work in public schools, he served on the university faculties of Case Western Reserve University and Northwestern University as a tenured professor and administrator. He is currently the Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

He has presented numerous talks on creative thinking nationally and abroad. Dr. Webster is well-published with over 100 articles and book chapters on assessment, music technology, creative thinking in music, and other topics related to music teaching and learning. He is the author of Measures of Creative Thinking in Music, an exploratory tool for assessing music thinking using quasi-improvisational tasks and is co-author of Experiencing Music Technology, 4th edition, Oxford University Press (slated for publication in 2019).

Dr. Webster earned a PhD and a Master’s in Music (Music Education) from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. He also holds a Bachelor in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine.

I really enjoyed the assessment course, where we learned about how to take grades for kids and those kind of things. The professor that designed that was Dr. Timothy Brophy, who is renowned in the world of music education, so I had actually heard of him and knew who he was long before I looked into the program.

– Melody Kneezel
Online Master of Music in Music Education Graduate

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