Dr. William I. Bauer is an Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Online Master of Music in Music Education program in the School of Music at the University of Florida. At UF Dr. Bauer teaches undergraduate and graduate level classes in music education that include music education research, measurement and assessment, technology for music learning, and music in higher education. From 2001-2013 he was the Director of Music Education and Associate Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University. He also served as the University Director of Teacher Licensure at CWRU from 2004-2007. Dr. Bauer was a member of the music education faculty of the Ball State University School of Music between 1997-2001, where he was also the Co-Director of the Music Technology Resource Laboratory. Previous to his appointment at BSU, he was the Director of Music Education at Radford University in Radford, VA. A native of Northeastern Ohio, Bauer taught instrumental (band and orchestra) and general music for eight years in the Ohio public schools.

Dr. Bauer’s book, Music Learning Today: Digital Pedagogy for Creating, Performing, and Responding to Music, was published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. He has published his research and other writings in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Contributions to Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, Journal of Technology in Music Learning, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, TRIAD, Indiana Musicator, additional journals outside of music and music education, and several book chapters. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education; Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; Journal of Music Teacher Education; Research Perspectives in Music Education; New Directions: A Journal of Scholarship, Creativity and Leadership in Music Education; Florida Music Director; and Research and Issues in Music Education. Dr. Bauer is the former editor of Contributions to Music Education and a former member of the editorial committee of the Music Educators Journal. Bauer was named an Apple Distinguished Educator by Apple, Inc. in 2003 and a Google Certified Teacher by Google in 2008.

Professor Bauer has presented at numerous conferences and other events throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is currently a member of the Florida Music Educators Association Research Committee. Dr. Bauer is a past Chair of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Assessment Special Research Interest Group (SRIG). He is an active member of many professional organizations including The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), the Society for Research in Music Education (SRME), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the College Music Society (CMS). Dr. Bauer is a graduate of The Ohio State University (BME), Bowling Green State University (MM), and Kent State University (PhD). His major areas of interest and research include the applications of technology to music teaching and learning, music teacher education, instrumental music education, and music cognition. He continues to perform on the trombone, euphonium, and occasionally tuba, and is also the founder and former conductor of the Wadsworth (Ohio) Community Band.

Dr. Mary Birkner is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Education in the School of Music at the University of Florida. Dr. Birkner currently teaches Instructional Design in Music Education, Woodwind Skills, and directs the University of Florida Flute Ensemble. During the 2012-2013 school year, she worked at UF as the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Flute. Additionally, Dr. Birkner serves as a flutist with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and maintains a private studio teaching flute and piano lessons. Prior to her time at the University of Florida, she taught general music for grades K-5 in Michigan, grades K-2 in Texas, choir for grades 5-6 in Texas, and preschool music in Florida. Dr. Birkner graduated in 2014 with a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Florida. She completed a Master of Music in 2004 in flute performance from the University of Florida, and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University with a double major in music and education.

Timothy S. Brophy is Director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Florida and Professor of Music Education. Prior to his appointment as Director, he was Assistant Dean for Research, Technology, and Administrative Affairs in the College of the Arts and a member of the music education faculty in the School of Music. He joined the University of Florida faculty in 2000. He is a multiple award-winning teacher and an established researcher who possesses advanced knowledge and expertise with organizational assessment systems and institutional, program, and academic assessment. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and is sole author of three books, including the widely acclaimed Assessing the Developing Child Musician. He has edited and published the proceedings of the 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 International Symposia on Assessment in Music Education. He is editor of the Oxford Handbook on Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education, a two-volume collection of chapters by leading assessment scholars from across the world, due to be published in 2017. Dr. Brophy has conducted workshop sessions and conference presentations throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, China, England, Greece, Holland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Dr. Brophy holds national and international leadership roles in assessment, including service as a member of the Assessment Technical Steering Committee for the Colorado Department of Education and as an arts assessment expert on the New York State Arts Blue Ribbon Commission. He is 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. He has extensive experience with test development and data collection processes for standards-based assessments and knows large-scale assessment structures and processes, policy, and state and national assessment issues. He has taught graduate courses in measurement and evaluation, and possesses working knowledge of psychometrics, classic test theory, and item response theory. Dr. 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. Dr. Brophy is the SACSCOC liaison for the University of Florida, and serves on the SACSCOC Board of Trustees. He holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music degree from the University of Memphis, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Dr. John A. Duff is Professor of Music and served as the Director of the School of Music at the University of Florida from 2002 until 2015. Prior to coming to Florida in 2002, he was Director of the School of Music at Southwest Texas State University, now known as Texas State University in San Marcos. During the 1990’s, Dr. Duff chaired the Department of Music and was professor of trombone studies at Western Kentucky University. From 1980 through 1991, he lived in Fairbanks , Alaska, where he taught at the University of Alaska.

Originally from the Northwest, Dr. Duff received his baccalaureate degrees from the University of Washington where he studied conducting with Vilem Sokol and William D. Cole, and trombone performance with Stuart Dempster. After five years of teaching music in the public schools in Yakima, Washington, during the 1970’s, he left for Michigan State University where he studied conducting with Stanley DeRusha, trombone with Curtis Olson, and music education with Robert Erbes and Robert Sidnell, earning his Master of Music and Ph.D. degrees. As a teacher and conductor since 1973, Dr. Duff has worked with musicians from junior high through professional levels in the areas of band and orchestra. He has conducted nationally and internationally. Dr. Duff’s research interests include the life and music of Czech-American composer, Karel Husa, and Celtic music, including the “classical”music of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe. He and his wife live in Gainesville and have two children and two grandchildren


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

Composer and music theorist Joshua Mills is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Master of Music in Music Education program at the University of Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Houghton College, Master of Music degrees in both composition and music theory pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Florida State University.

His research focuses on connections between Classical rhetorical pedagogy and historic compositional training and their implications for contemporary music pedagogy, 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. He has presented papers at various regional and national conferences, including the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, the Florida State University Music Theory Forum, Music Theory Southeast, and the Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting, and served on the 2015 program committee for Music Theory Southeast. For his paper ‘Partimenti, Imitatio, and Exempla: Exploring (and Applying) the Pedagogical Parallels between Rhetoric and Composition,’ he was awarded the 2014 Music Theory Southeast Best Student Paper Award.

Joshua’s compositions have been performed by line upon line percussion, Duo Rodinia, What Is Noise, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the Florida State University Philharmonia, and numerous other individuals and ensembles across the country. In addition to his work as a composer, theorist, and teacher, he has served as music director of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Choral Society and as a chanter at Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Linthicum, Maryland, and is currently a chanter at the Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church in Tallahassee, Florida. More information may be found on his website: www.joshuawilliammills.com

Matthew D. Schatt is a tenured music educator with the Independence Local School District (Ohio), Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Florida, and a Part-Time Instructor with Kent State University. A graduate of Bowling Green State University (BME), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM), and Case Western Reserve University (PhD), Dr. Schatt guides instrumental music students in the fifth through twelfth grade, facilitates middle school general music classes, and implements the AP Music Theory class for Independence Local School District (Ohio). 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. Schatt’s research has been disseminated in Applications of Research in Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, Research & Issues in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, and Contributions to Music Education. Dr. Schatt currently serves on the editorial board for Contributions to Music Education.

Dr. Megan Sheridan is assistant professor of music education at the University of Florida, where she teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate music education, including classes in the online MMME program. She received her Ph.D. in music education from The Ohio State University, her M.A. in music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her B.M. in music education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Dr. Sheridan is Kodály certified and currently serves on the National Choir Committee for the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Sheridan taught elementary general and choral music in public and private schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and directed the Victory Choir (a choir of cancer survivors and caregivers) at The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Sheridan’s research interests include children’s vocal development, pedagogical approaches in the elementary music classroom, music teacher education, and the history of singing in music education. She has given presentations for the Early Childhood Music Education Seminar in Taipei, Taiwan, the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA), the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) – Music Education. Dr. Sheridan will give presentations at the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) conference and the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) conference in the coming year.

A Denver native, Dr. Standerfer taught public school vocal and general music in grades K-12 for nine years in Colorado and Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado in Boulder as well as Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Current research areas include K-12 music curriculum development, National Board Certification for music teachers, and teaching music literacy. Dr. Standerfer has given national presentations for the World Educational Research Association (WERA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) as well as other division and state conferences. Presentation topics have included professional development for music educators, differentiating music curriculum, music teacher standards, and standards-based music curriculum development. She has also published articles in the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Journal for Music Teacher Education, and the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Standerfer is currently an Associate Professor of Music Education at the Shenandoah University Conservatory. Her courses include Preschool and Elementary Music Methods, Foundations of Music Education, Reading and Literacy in Music, Curriculum and Assessment in Music, and graduate level research and curriculum courses. She also serves as the Coordinator of Assessment for the Shenandoah University Conservatory. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Dr. Standerfer served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dr. Keith Thompson is a life-long music educator whose work has focused on music learning and the teaching of music listening skills.While Thompson was completing a Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University, he taught general music in elementary schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He became involved in music teacher education, serving on the faculties of The Ohio State University, University of Illinois and The Pennsylvania State University where he served as Coordinator of Music Education from 1989 until his retirement in 2003.

Thompson is widely published in the areas of music for special learners, music listening and the assessment of music learning.

Richard S. Webb (B.M., Music Performance, Bowling Green State University; M.M., Viola, University of Cincinnati; Ph.D., Music Education, Northwestern University) has served on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, teaching courses in instrumental music education and graduate research; and DePaul University, teaching string pedagogy. Prior to his collegiate teaching experience, he was a music educator in the state of Ohio for 13 years. He recently completed his doctoral dissertation, “Construction of Musical Understandings: An Exploration of Peer Tutoring in the School Orchestra Program,” while serving as a contributor to the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME) at Northwestern University. His research interests include peer teaching and learning in music, and student engagement in the music classroom. His most recent research-based article for practitioners, “Learning by Teaching/Addressing a Need: Peer Tutoring in Your Orchestra Program,” was published in the August, 2012 issue of the American String Teacher. He has also contributed a chapter to the recently published GIA text Musicianship: Composing in the Band & Orchestra. 2013-14 clinics and presentations included The College Music Society, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, and the Ohio Music Education Association.

Peter Richard Webster is Scholar-in-Residence at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is also Professor Emeritus of Music Education at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University In Evanston, Illinois where he taught for 25 years. Besides Northwestern, he has taught on the music education faculty at Case Western Reserve. He holds a bachelor degree in music education from the University of Southern Maine and both a Masters and a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester in New York.

He has taught in the public schools of Maine, Massachusetts, and New York. His teaching responsibilities have included courses in philosophy of music education, graduate research, music technology, assessment, and creative thinking in music. He has presented numerous talks on creative thinking nationally and abroad. His published work includes over 80 articles and book chapters on technology, music cognition, and creative thinking in music. Webster is co-author of multiple editions of Experiencing Music Technology and co-editor of the MENC Oxford Research Handbook on Music Learning. He is also the author of Measures of Creative Thinking in Music, an exploratory tool for assessing music thinking using quasi-improvisational tasks.

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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