Kenneth Douglas

Faculty Profiles

Kenneth Douglas, Assistant Professor of Music Education

Kenneth Douglas

Assistant Professor of Music Education
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Kenneth A. Douglas serves as assistant professor of music education and director of the Saint Mary’s College Wind Ensemble. Ken earned a PhD of Music Education at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro and a Master of Music Education from Michigan State University. He taught music for eight years in California public schools after receiving his Bachelor's degree in music education from California State University – Fresno. In addition to his duties at Saint Mary’s, Ken is active as a researcher within the music education profession, and has presented original research both nationally and internationally. Ken is also active as a clinician, adjudicator, consultant, and performer.


Master of Music Education from Michigan State University
PhD of Music Education at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro

Areas of Expertise 

  • Instrumental Music Education
  • Early Childhood Music Education
  • Music for Children with Special Needs
  • Music Learning Theory

Research Interests 

  • Music reading and literacy
  • Assessment in music
  • Music teacher evaluation
  • Motivations of non-professional musicians
  • Improvisation

Courses Recently Taught 

  • MUS 100: Recital-forum
  • MUS 119: Percussion
  • MUS 241: Music appreciation
  • MUS 251: Woodwind techniques
  • MUS 255: Percussion techniques
  • MUS 351: Elementary music methods
  • MUS 453: Secondary music methods
  • EDUC 213: American mosaic: intermediate arts
  • EDUC 476: Student teaching elementary, middle, and secondary school

Professional Experience 

  • Elementary, middle, high school, and college wind ensemble director and teacher
  • High school and college jazz ensemble director and teacher
  • Early childhood, elementary, and special needs music teacher
  • Music education program coordinator and professor
  • Music education professional development consultant

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Musical-Miscue Analysis: A Pilot Study of the Uesefulness of a Music-Specific Approach for Analyzing Music-Reading Habits
  • A Disciplinary-Literacy Approach to Music Education
  • Music Teacher Evaluation: The Administrator’s Perspective
  • The Effects of a Music Learning Theory-Based Pattern instruction Curriculum on the Improvisational Ability of Middle School Instrumental Music Students
  • A Descriptive Analysis of the Psychological Needs of Adults Participating in Music Ensembles: A Survey of New Horizons International Music Association Ensemble Participants

Professional Memberships 

International Society Music Education
The National Association for Music Education
The Society for Music Teacher Education
Gordon Institute of Music Learning
College Music Society
Undiana Music Educators Association