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Julie Scott

Associate Professor of Practice in Music Education,
Chair of Music Education Department

Julie Scott is Associate Professor of Practice in Music Education at SMU. She completed a Ph.D. in music education at Eastman School of Music in 2010. She is in her eighth year of teaching at SMU. Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Scott taught elementary music in Texas schools for 17 years and was coordinator of elementary for Richardson ISD for two years. She has been a director of choirs in both school and church settings for many years, including seven years as director of the Lewisville 5th Grade Honor Choir, which was selected as one of two elementary choirs to perform at the Texas Music Educators Conference in 2012 and in 2004. In addition, Scott is past president of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

A contributing author for the Pearson/Silver Burdett textbook series Making Music, Scott also authored the Early Childhood Year 3 Stepping Stones children’s choir curriculum, published by Choristers Guild. She has published articles in Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, The Orff Echo, General Music Today, The Southwestern Musician and TMEC Connections.

Scott is director of the Summer Music Educators Workshops at SMU, where she oversees courses in Orff Schulwerk, Kodály, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She has taught summer Orff Schulwerk courses to adults at seven universities and has presented workshops and conference sessions for the National Association for Music Education, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the Organization of American Kodály Educators and to numerous state music educators' conferences, school districts, and Orff chapters throughout the U.S. In addition, Scott has presented sessions internationally at conferences in Greece (ISME), Australia (ANCOS, IKS), China (ISME), Italy (ISME), and Thailand (CMS).


Ph.D., Eastman School of Music; M.M. and B.M., SMU


Research interests include: children’s ability to match pitch with a male vocal model; teacher education courses in Orff Schulwerk; effective methods of teaching rote songs to children; and effective sequences for teaching improvisation to children


MUED 3330, MUED 3332, MUCO 3208, MUCO 3210, MUED 6354, MUAS 4230


Past President, American Orff-Schulwerk Association


Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



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