Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Education
Frank Troyka joined SMU in 2017 as adjunct associate professor of Music Education. A teacher of 35 years, he is the retired director of bands and coordinator of Fine Arts at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. Troyka came to Berkner in May 2006 following seven years as director of bands at Cypress Falls High School in Houston. Ensembles under his direction have been selected to perform at the Music for All National Festival; the Percussive Arts Society International Convention; and the Midwest Clinic on two occasions with the Symphonic Band at Cypress Falls in 2004 and with the Berkner Symphonic Band in 2011. Troyka is an active lecturer and clinician, presenting in Texas, the U.S. and at international destinations including Canada, the Philippines, Singapore, China and South Africa. He is a frequent presenter at faculty development workshops for public schools and universities, as well as a guest lecturer and “hands-on” instructor for both students and teachers at all levels. In 2016, Troyka assumed the role as collegiate track director at the annual Conn-Selmer Institute in Mishawaka, Ind.
Troyka is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity, and the National Association for Music Education. He is an educational consultant with Conn-Selmer, Inc.; the director of education for System Blue, the educational arm of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, California; and the coordinator of the Generation Next series of presentations for The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. He was honored as the 2002-03 Teacher of the Year at Cypress Falls High School and, while at Berkner High School, was one of 15 Texas recipients of the 2010 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. In 2014, Troyka was honored by the Texas Bandmasters Association as a recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award. In 2015, he was named to the International Board of Experts for the World Music Contest of Kerkrade, The Netherlands and in March of 2016, Troyka was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education, University of Texas at Arlington
Master of Music, Sam Houston State University
Thirty-one years in Texas public schools, including the Richardson, Spring and Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School Districts
Educational Consultant, Conn-Selmer Inc.
Director of Education, System Blue
Peterson, Elizabeth. The Music Teacher’s Later Years: Reflection with Wisdom. Meredith Music Publications, 2016, “Every Hand Came Down,” pp. 147-157.
Meyer, Stephen. Rehearsing the High School Band. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2016, http://www.meredithmusic.com/rehearsing-the-high-school-band.
Troyka, Frank. "Teaching for Independence." American Music Teacher, vol. 54, no. 2, Oct. 2004, pp. 25-28, www.jstor.org/stable/43545862.
Troyka, Frank. Practical Leadership in Music. Publisher: Author, 2015.
MUED 6310 Music Education Methods and Materials
MUCO 3211 Instrumental Conducting Practicum
MUED 6111 Instrumental Conducting Practicum
MUED 6249 Music Education Practicum
Bands of America Hall of Fame, 2016
International Board of Experts, World Music Contest, Kerkrade, The Netherlands, 2016-present
Meritorious Achievement Award, Texas Bandmasters Association, 2014
Advisory Board, The Midwest Clinic, 2010-present
UIL Sponsor Excellence Award, Berkner High School, Richardson ISD, 2010
Teacher of the Year, Cypress Falls High School, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, 2002-03