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. While in Pennsylvania, Amanda taught instrumental music in the public schools of western Pennsylvania. In addition, she also taught secondary vocal music, elementary general music, drama, theory, and directed several musical theater productions. Prior to Southern Miss, 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 in Evanston, IL, and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. She teaches undergraduate courses in secondary instrumental music methods, introduction to music education, music appreciation, and graduate courses in quantitative research methods, psychology of music, measurement and evaluation, and a variety of seminar courses. She also advises undergraduate and graduate research and serves as the GEC assessment coordinator for the School of Music. She continues as an active consultant and clinician to a variety of programs and teachers in the region.
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), International Symposium for Research in Music Behavior, Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC).
Her scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, and International Journal of Music Education. She is a member of NAfME, College Music Society, Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SPMC), Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), Society for Research in Music Education (SRME), and National Band Association. She currently serves as chair of the NAfME Perception and Cognition Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) and chair-elect of the NAfME Affective Response Special Research Interest Group.