Mark Waymire

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Dr. Mark Waymire is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to completing his doctoral degree in music education at The University of Mississippi, Dr. Waymire was Associate Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University for four years. At Eastern, he directed the symphonic band and marching band, taught music education courses, as well as conducting, orchestration, and band arranging. At the 2005-2006 Eastern Michigan University Holman Center Faculty Awards Ceremony, Mark received EMU’s highest honor for his teaching rank, the Outstanding Lecturer Award.

Prior to his appointment at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Waymire taught in the Louisiana and Texas public schools. His diverse background of public school experience includes music education for students grades four through twelve. He spent the majority of his public school years at Seguin High School in Seguin, Texas. While under his ten years of leadership, the Seguin Band Program experienced marked growth, gaining national recognition and many local and state honors. Personal honors include six H.E.R.O. teaching awards, nine appointments to WHO’s WHO in American Education, and two presentations for the National President’s Award for Education Excellence. While at Seguin, Mark also taught adjunct courses at Texas Lutheran University.

Additional university degrees include a bachelor degree in music education from Louisiana State University, and a master degree in conducting and music history from Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Waymire’s research interests are diverse, but currently focus on expert teaching pedagogy effectiveness as measured by student performance outcomes, and the retention of school music students as adult consumers and supporters of art music. Additional interests include the investigation and development of evaluative processes of music teachers in our schools, as well as the preservation of school music histories. Marks has given public presentations of his research and pedagogy expertise at music conventions in California, Georgia, Missouri, and Texas. Dr. Waymire recently presented his historical research at the National Association of Music Education Convention (MENC) in 2010.