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Music Education

The Concentration in Music Education is the largest program in the School of Music and the largest in the state of Virginia. Graduates of the program are sought after for teaching positions in the state and throughout the Atlantic coastal region. They also pursue graduate study at highly regarded institutions and music education opportunities outside of K-12 teaching.

A core belief of the program is that excellent teachers must be excellent musicians. The School of Music has a strong reputation for nurturing this excellence in all its programs. The Music Education program enjoys the support of an outstanding College of Education and a heritage of teacher preparation that dates from the beginning of the University. The music education curriculum is comprehensive and includes field experience in music classes and other music education settings throughout the program. We encourage undergraduate students to conduct original research; students have received research grants and presented their work at state and regional conferences. We offer an innovative approach to teaching students with special needs that runs throughout the curriculum, and we embrace the place of technology in 21st century teaching.

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VMEA Music Education Awards

Every year at VMEA, as part of the JMU Alumni Reception, the School of Music presents awards to people who have achieved, in various ways, professional distinction in music education.  We are proud to announce the 2015 recipients of these awards.  We hope you will send them your congratulations and join us in honoring them at the 2015 JMU Alumni Reception in the Brandon Rooms A&B of the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel on Friday, November 20, between 6:00 and 7:30pm.  The presentation of the awards will take place at 6:30pm.

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Music Education Professors and Instructors

William Dabback

William Dabback
Professor, Music Education Coordinator
dabbacwm@jmu.edu
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David Stringham

David Stringham
Associate Professor, Music and Human Services Minor Coordinator
stringda@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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Jesse Rathgeber

Jesse Rathgeber
Assistant Professor

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