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Music Education

Music teachers work in public, private, or home schools, and teach students ranging in age from pre-school and elementary through adult learners; in bands, choirs, orchestras, and non-traditional ensembles. Currently, there is a growing need for guitarists and popular musicians to work as music teachers, mainly in urban schools that might have rock bands in the schools rather than, or in addition, to traditional ensembles. There are also a growing number of steel-pan bands, and other non-traditional school ensembles that need specially-trained music educators. Choirs are also becoming more diverse as show choirs and other acapella genres become more and more popular. If you are interested in this career, a degree in music education is recommended.

APSU’s music education faculty are devoted music teachers, researchers, and conductors with several years of professional experience and numerous publications to their credit.


Dr. Eric BranscomeDr. Eric Branscome is the Coordinator of Music Education and an elementary specialist. He taught elementary music in the Dallas area and currently directs APSU’s elementary music day camp program, Camp Granada. His publications include Essential Listening Activities, Essential Rhythm Activities, and Music Boardgame Workshop from Alfred Publications, and Music Career Advising from Rowman and Littlefield Publications. He has also published several articles on music education and music teacher preparation.


Mr. John SchnettlerMr. John Schnettler is APSU’s Director of Athletic Bands and a secondary instrumental music education specialist. He is in high demand across the country as a concert and marching band judge, clinician, and conductor. Prior to coming to APSU, he was a public school band director, and was involved in Drum and Bugle Corps as a performer, instructor, and consultant. He also works as an independent consultant for curriculum redesign, specifically concerning secondary instrumental music education standards and benchmarks. His writings appear in three sections of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, a highly regarded volume for current and future teachers. 


Dr. Korre FosterDr. Korre Foster is APSU’s Director of Choral Activities and a secondary vocal/choral music education specialist. He is often sought after to judge middle school and high school choral festivals. Conducting invitations have taken him around the world most recently to Paris for a series of American choral music concerts with the Académie de Musique. He has also been invited to speak about French Baroque music and rhetoric in Belfast, London, Salzburg, as well as at universities in the United States.  In addition to adjudicating and conducting his input was sought for the newest edition of Directing the Choral Music Program published with Oxford University Press. 


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