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Vanissa Murphy

Vanissa MurphyPh.D., University of North Texas
M.M., University of Kentucky
B.M., Middle Tennessee State University

Academic Areas: general music methods, class piano, student teacher supervision, folk and traditional music in the U.S., music appreciation, psychology of music

Vanissa Braswell Murphy received her Ph.D. in music education, with emphasis in general music education and piano pedagogy, from the University of North Texas and has a Master's and Bachelor's degree in piano performance. Dr. Murphy’s research projects regarding music and emotions, interdisciplinary lessons in general music, teacher recruitment and retention, as well as in reflective inquiry in action research projects resulted in publications and presentations at National MENC Conferences, Wisconsin Music Educators Conferences and the Innovations in Music Teacher Education Symposium. Dr. Murphy has served as the MENC North Central Division CMENC Chair, the Chair of the Wisconsin Society for Music Education, and as the Mentoring Project Coordinator on the state council for the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. Before joining Belmont University, she served as Professor of Music and Music Education and Chair of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.