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Eric Branscome

Eric Branscome



“I strive to meet tradition with innovation, always pushing the boundaries of creativity in the classroom. My purpose is not to further my own agenda, but that of my students; to empower them to achieve their goals as they navigate the turbulent early phases of their careers.” Eric Branscome on how he is standing out in his department

University of North Texas Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

Dallas Baptist University All-level Music Teacher Certification

Northwestern University Master of Music (Horn Performance)

Stephen F. Austin State University Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude

Prior to his appointment at APSU, Dr. Branscome taught courses in music education, and instrumental music at East Texas Baptist University, Dallas Baptist University, and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. Dr. Branscome also taught preschool and elementary music for seven years in Miami, and in the Dallas area where he directed various elementary choirs, instrumental ensembles, and founded Camp Granada.

Careers in music / music career advising / Early childhood and elementary music curriculum development / Music in home school education / Music teacher education

Books (2017). Camp Granada. A Music Camp Curriculum (Spaced Out! Theme).

Landham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Education. (2013). Music Career Advising: A Guide for Parents, Students, and Teachers.

Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Education. (2010). Music Board Game Workshop.

Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publications. (2009). Essential Listening Activities for the Music Classroom.

Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publications. (2009). Essential Rhythm Activities for the Music Classroom.

Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publications. Articles (2017). Lost In Translation: Blooms Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge Applied to Music Standards. Visions of Research in Music Education, 30. (Co-authored with former graduate student, Cody Robinson). Available from http://www.rider.edu/~vrme (2016). 

Vision 2020 and Beyond: Impeding Deadlines of the Housewright Declaration. Contributions to Music Education, 41, 71-91. (2015). When I was Your Age. Tennessee Musician, 68(1), 18-19. (2014). Concert Programming and Performing as a Model for Planning and Teaching. Music Educator's Journal. 101(2), 71-75. (2013).

Music Career Advising: Implications for University Music Department Administrators. College Music Symposium, 53 (November 11, 2013). (2012).

The Impact of Education Reform on Music Education: Paradigm Shifts in Music Education Curriculum, Advocacy, and Philosophy from Sputnik to Race to the Top. Arts Education Policy Review, 113(2), 112-118. *This article was the fifth most frequently downloaded article from AEPR in 2013 (2011).

Scarred for Life: A Positive Twist on a Negative Paradigm for Effective Music Education. Southwestern Musician, 79(7), 54-60. (2009).

Six Things They May not Have Taught You in College. Teaching Music Magazine, 7(3), 28-30. (2008).

Of Triangles and Talent: A 3-sided Approach to Success as a First Year Music Major. Southwestern Musician, 77(3), 66-69. (2008).

On Diversity in Music Education: A Reaction Article to Music for All in the 21st Century. Connections, 22(3), 6-9. (2005).

A Historical Analysis of Textbook Development in American Music: Education and the Impetus for the National Standards for Music Education. Arts Education Policy Review, 107(2), 13-19.