Elizabeth Chappell presented a session in March of 2015 for the annual conference of the American String Teachers Association in Salt Lake City, Utah entitled, “ "Rockestra": A curriculum for teaching eclectic styles, arts integration, and for fostering recruitment and community outreach.” In August of 2015 she will travel to Havre, Montana to lead a full day of professional development for music teachers on differentiating instruction for students with disabilities.
Donna Emmanuel served as the Director of Community Engagement and Service Learning for the University Division of Community Engagement, in addition to working half-time in music education (May, 2013 through May, 2014). In this role, she assisted in developing the Mentor Denton project, gathered and presented data on the 2015 Carnegie Engaged University application, and created an action plan for implementing university-wide community engagement systems and metrics. In addition, she developed an action plan for implementing service learning across the UNT campus.
Warren Henry continues to lead study abroad trips to Austria and Hungary. The trip to Hungary in October, 2015 will mark the ninth study abroad trip. More than 125 music education students have participated in this program, many of whom now provide donations to help keep the financial costs down for future students.
Alan McClung was invited in 2013 to present at two National Conferences: American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. As director of the Cambiata Institute, he is finalizing plans for the May 3, 2014 MS/JH National Conference for Choral Music, where twelve invited middle school choirs will perform and ten national presenters will share their middle school expertise.
Debbie Rohwer published 3 editorials in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, a review of literature on community bands in Contributions to Music Education, a pedagogy article in the International Journal of Community Music, and a research study in Research and Issues in Music Education in 2016. Rohwer served as keynote speaker at the Tau Beta Sigma conference in April, and also the Mid-South Music Education Research Symposium in February, presented for the Katy Music Teacher Association in November, and presented with the other National Association for Music Education journal editors in March at the NAfME conference. Dr. Rohwer also attended the Harvard Women in Education Leadership conference in March and the Texas Women in Higher Education conference in April, and throughout 2016 has served as an Academic Affairs Fellow in the Office for Faculty Success.
Don Taylor published an article in 2016 in the Journal of Music Teacher Education that examined what music education students could learn from parents of children with disabilities. In February, he presented a clinic on teaching children with behavior disorders at the Texas Music Educators Association convention and also served as a guest lecturer at the University of Oklahoma to address topics related to LGBTQ issues in music education. In March, Dr. Taylor attended the National Association for Music Education biennial conference where he presented three sessions related to disability and social justice, LGBTQ student teacher mentorship, and teacher identity development, respectively. He completed his term on the advisory board for Music Educators Journal and has continued to serve on the editorial board for Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. In May, Dr. Taylor presented a study examining the trials and triumphs of coming out as a gay pre-service teacher of faith at the third LGBTQ Studies in Music Education conference.