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. Warren Henry:  Dr. Henry currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. 
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).  
Dr. Jessica Nápoles:  


Nápoles, J., & MacLeod, R. B. (2020). Clifford K. Madsen Contributions to Music

Education and Music TherapyLove of Learning. Routledge.


Nápoles, J. (2020). Teacher Talk. In The Choral Conductor’s Companion (Ed. Brian

Winnie). GIA Publications.  


Springer, D. G., Silvey, B. A., Nápoles, J., & Warnet, V. (2021).

Effects of tonic drone accompaniments on the intonation of collegiate wind instrumentalists. Journal of Research in Music Education, doi: 10.1177/0022429420974389. Advance online publication.


Nápoles, J., Silvey, B. A., & Montemayor, M. (2020). The influences

of facial expression and conducting gesture on college musicians’ perceptions of choral conductor and ensemble expressivity. International Journal of Music Education Advance online publication.


Nápoles, J., & Silveira, J. M. (2020). Preservice and inservice teachers’ perceptions

of pacing. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 29(2), 64-77



Nápoles, J., Springer, D. G., & Silvey, B. A., & Adams, K. (2019).

Effects of pitch source on pitch-matching and intonation accuracy of collegiate singers. Journal of Research in Music Education, 67 3)270-285


Silvey, B. A., Nápoles, J., & Springer, D. G. (2019). Effects of pre-tuning

vocalization behaviors on the tuning accuracy of college instrumentalists. Journal

of Research in Music Education, 66(4)392-407.


Guest Conductor, World Strides Honors Performance Series National Honor Choir, Carnegie Hall

Guest Conductor, North Central/Central TTBB ACDA Honor Choir (2020)

Guest Conductor, Maine All State Chorus (2018, 2019)


Conference Headliner, Wyoming Music Educators Association (2021)

Invited Scholar in Residence, Louisiana State University (2020)

Conference Headliner, Missouri Choral Directors Association (2019)

Dr. Sean Powell:  Dr. Powell was elected Chair-Elect of the Society for Music Teacher Education, with duties as Chair beginning in 2022. He is currently working on two book projects: an authored book, The Ideology of Competition in School Music and a co-edited volume, Sociological Thinking in Music Education: International Intersections. Both books are under contract with Oxford University Press. He was invited to assist in the construction of a forthcoming special issue of Philosophy of Music Education Review dedicated to social theory and has contributed to a special issue of Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education dedicated to neoliberal capitalism.
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.  In 2018, Dr. Rohwer published two research studies in the International Journal of Community Music and Texas Music Education Research, three editorials and one Research-to-Resource article in Update, as well as giving presentations at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  Dr. Rohwer was named Regents Professor and received the Bob Rogers Service and Community Engagement award in 2018.
Dr. Don Taylor:  Dr. Taylor serves as the coordinator for PhD Studies in Music Education and teaches courses in elementary general music education. In 2020, his publications included “Gay- and Straight-Sounding Auditory Cues Elicit Stereotyping About Teaching Effectiveness” (Journal of Research in Music Education), "Experiences of LGBTQ+ Students in Music Education Programs across Texas” (Journal of Music Teacher Education), and “Elementary Music Teachers’ Experiences Training and Collaborating with Paraprofessionals” (Update: Application of Research in Music Education). He was also invited to present his work at the National Association for Music Education National Conference, the International Society for Music Education 34th Annual World Conference, the MayDay Group Colloquium, the QMUE4: LGBTQ Studies in Music Education Symposium, the Alliance for Active Music Making, and the Texas Music Educators Association. In 2020, he became the Southwestern Division Representative for the Society for Music Teacher Education and continued serving on editorial boards for Qualitative Research in Music Education and Texas Music Education Research