Summer Conference at ECCO 2020


JUDY BOWERS currently holds the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Chair in Music Education at the University of Louisiana Monroe, a position she accepted in 2017 after retiring from 27 years of teaching music education undergraduate/graduate courses at Florida State University. Immediate goals at ULM included creation of a summer MME program for practicing music teachers, plus the revision and expansion of current undergraduate degree programs to reflect current pedagogies and essential learning experiences; both programs are now in place. Bowers’ teaching and scholarship responsibilities are frequently paired through learning partnerships that focus on teacher preparation goals for university students while enriching community and school learning opportunities for K-12 students and community participants. Examples include a 20 year middle school partnership that provided rich environment for music education majors;  a three year prison choir partnership combining university singers each week with women residents in a correctional facility; and, approximately 40 semesters of Adopt-a-Choir with area public schools. Bowers frequently provides professional development for teachers, primarily focused on teaching methods that allow students of varying ability and training to successfully learn and perform music with more advanced musicians. She is an active conductor of all-state and honor choirs across the United States and Canada; in 2014 she conducted the East Africa Middle School Choral Festival in Tanzania. Bowers received multiple Excellence in Teaching awards at FSU, and has been awarded the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award from the state ACDA Chapter of Florida. In June 2014, Judy Bowers was named a Lowell Mason National Music Education Fellow and was inducted into this society by the National Association for Music Education in Washington D.C.