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.

Julie Scott

Associate Professor of Practice in Music Education

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).

Education

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

Research

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

Teaching

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

Distinctions

Past President, American Orff-Schulwerk Association

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