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Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler

Assistant Professor


"I enjoy the diversity of our student body and the many creative contributions and ideas each student brings to my classes."

PhD in Music Education from the University of North Texas

MA in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

MM in Piano Performance from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

BM in Music Education from Union University (Tennessee)

Michael Chandler is an Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at APSU. Dr. Chandler taught elementary general music to children in Texas public schools for 16 years, most of them in the Lewisville Independent School District, where he was named Teacher of the Year at two campuses. In 2013, 2007, and 2005 his student ensembles performed by invitation at the annual TMEA Convention in San Antonio. Dr. Chandler has presented conference sessions and workshops in 38 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Australia, including for numerous state MEA organizations. He an AOSA-approved Orff Schulwerk teacher educator in all three levels of Orff Schulwerk basic and recorder and teaches in courses at Southern Methodist University, the University of Memphis, and the San Francisco International Orff Course. He is a past-president of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and served as a Regional Representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. Dr. Chandler was a collaborative pianist for the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) for 10 years and the organist and pianist at Round Grove United Church (UCC) in Lewisville for 17 years. He is the author of Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday!, an Orff Schulwerk approach to integrating recorder into the general music classroom. His publications have also been featured in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, The Orff Echo, and The Southwestern Musician. Dr. Chandler earned the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee; the Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; the Master of Arts degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education from the University of North Texas.

Teacher longevity; musical creativity

Magical Music & Timeless Tales: A Pandemic-Borne Collaboration, The Orff Echo Winter 2022

Teaching Recorder to Develop Student Creativity, The Orff Echo Fall 2018

Improvisation in Elementary General Music: A Review of Literature, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education October 2018

Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday!, 2014

Start with a Good Story, The Southwestern Musician September 2013