Recent Faculty Activity


Dr. Elizabeth ChappellDr. Chappell continues to oversee the UNT String Project, which enrolls over 130 children each semester and over 100 students in the summer.  The string music education students gain authentic teaching experience by participating in this program, and as a supplement to their education the string music education students attended the national conference of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).  In 2016 and 2017, Dr. Chappell presented sessions at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference (TMEA), the American String Teachers Association Conference (ASTA), and the Texas Orchestra Directors Association Conference (TODA).  Dr. Chappell was also elected to the board of the National String Project Consortium.


Dr. Donna Emmanuel:  Dr. Emmanuel presented two papers on the topic of Community Engagement at the College Music Society National Conference (CMS) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and she also gave a presentation at the Annual Meeting for the National Association of Schools of Music.  Dr. Emmanuel serves as the CMS Chair for the Committee on Community Engagement, and she is also serving as the National Program Chair for the CMS National Conference, to be held in San Antonio in November, 2017.


Dr. Warren Henry:  Dr. Henry served as the Interim Dean for the College of Music from January - July, 2016 and the Interim Chair of Music Education from June - December, 2017.  He currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Each fall, he leads a study abroad trip to either Austria or Hungary, which is part of a course that he co-teaches with Dr. Emmanuel.  In 2017, the students will travel to Salzburg for two days of workshops at the Mozarteum University (Orff Institute) and to Vienna, where they will attend concerts by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Salzburg Concert Society Choir, and the Vienna Boys Choir.


Dr. Sean Powell:  Dr. Powell published four papers in 2016-2017 that appear in the discipline’s top research journals –Journal of Research in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and the Journal of Music Teacher Education.  He also has a forthcoming book chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States. Also in 2017, he presented papers at the International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education (London, UK) and the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (San Antonio).


Dr. Darhyl Ramsey:  Dr. Ramsey continues to coordinate the Start Up the Band program, which is designed to provide band instruments and instruction to students in Denton ISD who might otherwise not be able to afford to participate in school band programs.  The program recently received a $1,500 grant from the Greater Denton Arts Council and approximately $10,000 of in-kind donations from Music and Arts Corp., Denton ISD, and Pender’s Music Company.  In 2017, Dr. Ramsey received the UNT Robert J. Rogers Community Service Award, which is given by the Office of the President to a person who has made a significant impact on the community.


Dr. Debbie Rohwer:  Dr. Rohwer was appointed as Lead Editor from 2014-2020 for the research journal, Update:  Applications of Research in Music Education.  She also serves as an editorial member on four national/international journals.  In 2017, Dr. Rohwer published three research studies in the International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Band Research, and Texas Music Education Research, and three editorials in Update, as well as giving presentations at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).  Dr. Rohwer currently serves on the President’s Cabinet as the Associate to the President.


Dr. Don Taylor:  In 2016, Dr. Taylor published a paper in the Journal of Music Teacher Education that focused on children with disabilities.  He also presented papers at the QMUE Symposium, the National Association for Music Education Conference (NAfME), and the Texas Music Educators Association Conference (TMEA).  In Sept ember, 2017 he will have a book chapter entitled “Zeke’s Story:  Intersections of Faith, Vocation, & LGBTQ Identity in the South,” which will be published in a new book entitled Marginalized Voices in Music Education.  Dr. Taylor serves on the editorial board for Update:  Applications in Music Education.


Dr. Jessica Nápoles:  Dr. Nápoles joined the Division of Music Education in 2017.  Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Nápoles served as Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Utah School of Music.  She recently published research studies in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Update:  Applications of Research in Music Education, and the Journal of Music Teacher Education.  Dr. Nápoles serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Research in Music Education and the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing.  In 2017 she conducted the California All State Mixed Chorus and will conduct the Western Division ACDA Honor Choir in February, 2018. 


Dr. Jamey Kelley:  Prior to joining the UNT faculty in 2017, Dr. Kelley served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.  In 2016-2017, he published two research studies in the Journal of Research in Music Education; the topics included comparisons between music programs in charter and neighborhoods schools and an examination of what factors lead to continued participation in elective music.  Recently, two additional studies of his were published in Research Perspectives on Music Education and the International Journal of Community Music.  Over the past two years, Dr. Kelley has presented his research at national and international conferences including the International Society for Music Education Symposium (ISME), Society of Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), American Education Researchers Association (AERA), the LGBTQ Studies and Music Education Symposium, and the National Association of Music Education Conference (NAfME).