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.

Brian Merrill

Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Education

Brian Merrill currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Music Student Teaching for the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Merrill has twice been recognized with both the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association and the Leadership and Achievement Award from the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).  In 2013, the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) recognized Merrill with the Meritorious Achievement Award.

Merrill started his teaching career at Lamar Junior High School and Nimitz High School in the Irving ISD.  After seven years in Irving he took a position at Duncanville High School, where he taught for the next 23 years. While there, the Duncanville Wind Ensemble was twice named as the TMEA 5A Honor Band, performed twice at the Midwest Clinic, and was featured at the All Japan Band Conference.  The Wind Ensemble was also presented the Sudler Flag of Honor by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The marching band won three UIL State Championships, performed in the 100th Tournament of Roses Parade, and was recognized with the Sudler Shield of Honor.

Merrill is a past president of the Texas Bandmasters Association and currently serves TBA as Coordinator of the Academy for New Band, Choir and Orchestra Directors. He also served TMEA Region 20 as Band Division Chair, Region President, and College Division Chair.  He is a member of Phi Beta Mu and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.  He is a frequent adjudicator and guest conductor and currently works as a clinician/consultant for school band programs in Forney, Frisco, Highland Park, Mesquite, Midlothian, Plano, Rockwall and Waxahachie.

Education

M.M. and B.M. in Music Education, University of North Texas

Professional Experience

Eight years SMU; 23 years Duncanville High School; 7 years Irving ISD

Teaching

Wind Literature for Secondary Schools, Instrumental Conducting Practicum, Marching Band Methods, Advanced Instrumental Methods and Materials, Music Education Practicum, Student Teacher Supervision

Distinctions

Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association

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