Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Jon Lee

Adjunct Lecturer, Director of Percussion Ensemble

Jon D. Lee is an Adjunct Lecturer of Percussion at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and is the Director of the Meadows Percussion Ensemble.  He is an active performer, educator, clinician and adjudicator.  He is the Principal Timpanist of the Garland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington, and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestras.  He has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony Plano Symphony Orchestra, East Texas Symphony, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, The Voices of Change, Lawton Philharmonic and many others.

At SMU, Lee also teaches a percussion techniques class and is the drumline instructor-arranger for the SMU Mustang Band.  In addition to his responsibilities at Meadows, Lee maintains a private studio of 55 percussion students in Plano and surrounding areas.  His students have excelled at all levels and have been accepted into the finest music schools in the world, including the Meadows School of the Arts, University of North Texas, New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School of Music.

Lee has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington, the Stephen F. Austin Percussion Symposium, Marimba Madness, and the Leigh Howard Stevens Pre-College Marimba Seminar.   He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association.  Lee holds a B.M. degree from the University of North Texas and a M.M. degree from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU and has done post-graduate work at the University of North Texas.

Education

M.M., SMU, 1995; B.M., University of North Texas, 1990

Professional Experience

Teaching in Meadows School of the Arts since 1995

Teaching

MUAS 3521, Percussion Techniques, PERE 3173/6173 Meadows Percussion Ensemble

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