Assistant Professor of Music Education
Originally hailing from Pennsylvania, Amanda Schlegel has been an assistant professor of music education at The University of Southern Mississippi since 2011, and currently serves as chair of the music education division. From 1998-2005, Amanda taught instrumental music in the public schools of western Pennsylvania. In addition to directing instrumental music, she also taught secondary vocal music, elementary general music, drama, theory, and directed several musical theater productions. Prior to USM, Amanda was an adjunct lecturer in music education at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Grove City College, a Master of Music from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. She teaches undergraduate secondary instrumental music methods along with introduction to music education and at the graduate level quantitative research methods, psychology of music, and measurement and evaluation. She also advises undergraduate and graduate research.
Her research interests surround music perception and cognition as a function of music teacher/conductor effectiveness. Her research has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences, most notably the National Biennial In-Service Conference of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, the Annual Music Education Week in Washington D. C. (MENC), the International Symposium for Research in Music Behavior and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC). Her research has been published with the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, with others in submission and progress. She is a member of NAfME, College Music Society, Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SPMC), Society for Research in Music Education (SRME), National Band Association, and serves as vice-chair of Perception and Cognition Special Research Interest Group (SRIG).