I am currently a Ph.D. student in Music Education at Pennsylvania State University where I serve as a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Music. My primary research interests include music cognition, musical skill acquisition, and teacher training. I have presented at numerous state and national conferences including Kentucky Music Educators Association, College Band Director National Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, and the Music for All Summer Symposium.
Prior to enrolling at Penn State, I served as the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky. During my five-year tenure at UK, we were fortunate enough to experience a significant growth in the size of the Wildcat Marching Band and the operating budget for the UK Bands. In addition, I served as the conductor of the Concert Band and taught classes in conducting, music technology, marching band techniques, and music appreciation. Before teaching at UK, I served as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Bands at Texas A&M University – Commerce where I oversaw similar growths that I experienced at UK, more than doubling it in size and earning an invitation to perform at Texas UIL State Championships. I also served as the conductor of the symphonic band and concert band and teaching classes in music technology, music literature, marching band techniques and jazz history while serving as director of summer music camps.
These experiences in music advocacy and leadership led me to pursue a terminal degree after nearly two decades as a music educator both secondary and postsecondary schools. After years of experiencing the joys and challenges of leading and advocating for ensembles under my direction, my interest began to evolve into preparing future educators and further inquiry into music cognition and skill acquisition.