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Debra Brown


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Dr. Debra Brown has been on the faculty at JCCC since 2000. She was formerly an assistant professor of music education at Ball State University in Indiana, and a visiting assistant professor/teaching assistant in music education/music therapy at the University of Kansas. She currently teaches music education classes at Northwest Missouri State University in addition to responsibilities at JCCC.

Dr. Brown’s degree work includes a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Kansas, a master’s from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (M.M.E.) and a Bachelor of Music Education degree (B.M.E.) from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.

Prior to collegiate work, she taught elementary general music and chorus in the Olathe school district, serving as general music facilitator for several years. Dr. Brown has also taught elementary general music or secondary choral music in Missouri, Michigan and rural Kansas and has conducted, accompanied or sung in various church and community choruses.

Her scholarly activities include presentations of research concerning pre-service teacher preparation and general music curriculum practices, especially listening activities in elementary music. She has presented these subjects on the state and national level in conferences including National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conferences, the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA), and the Kansas Music Education Association (KMEA). Dr. Brown has training in Orff-Schulwerk, Kodály and Dalcroze and holds memberships in NAfME, AOSA, The College Music Society and Phi Kappa Phi.