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Dr. Susan Harvey

Fain Fine Arts Center


Susan Harvey is Professor and Director of the Summer Kodály Teacher Institute at Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls, Texas where she teaches music education courses. She is Director of Music at New Hope Presbyterian Church. Dr. Harvey served as Chair of the MSU Department of Music for over six years and was Music Director and Conductor of the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra for nine years. Prior to her appointment at MSU, Dr. Harvey taught elementary music and secondary instrumental and choral music in Virginia public schools for twenty years.

Dr. Harvey regularly presents at local, state, national and international conferences. Presentation topics have included: teaching musicianship skills in ensemble settings; implementation of the Kodály concept and Music Learning Theory in instrumental, choral, and elementary rehearsals; teaching practice strategies to young musicians; and teaching social skills through folk dancing. Her middle and high school ensembles have performed at state and national conferences. For summer 2019, she was a Visiting Scholar for graduate music education in the Arts Better the Lives of Everyone (ABLE) certification program at Berklee College of Music at Boston Conservatory. Dr. Harvey’s writing has been published by Oxford University Press, The Kennedy Center for the Arts, and the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

Dr. Harvey is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and President-Elect for the Division of Visual and Performing Arts Education (DARTS) under CEC. She is a member of the Organization of American Kodály Educators, National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, and Bugles Across America. Dr. Harvey earned a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University, a Master of Arts in Education with a major in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University. 

Institution Degree Graduation Date
James Madison University Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Shenandoah University Doctor of Musical Arts
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Master of Arts In Education (Major: Curriculum and Instruction)
Employer Position Start Date End Date
MSU Summer Kodaly Institute Administrator and Instructor 05/11/2021
Fine Arts in Rockbridge Choral Director, Rockbridge Youth Chorale 05/11/2021 05/11/2021
Parry McCluer High School Director of Choirs 05/11/2021 05/11/2021
Parry McCluer Middle School, Buena Vista, VA Director of Bands and Choirs 05/11/2021 05/11/2021
Southern Virginia University Adjunct Brass Instructor 05/11/2021 05/11/2021
Midwestern State University Associate Professor of Music 08/01/2015
Midwestern State University Chair. Music Department 08/01/2015
Midwestern State University Assistant Professor of Music 07/01/2009
Rockbridge County High School, Lexington, VA Assistant Band Director 05/11/1995 05/11/1998
Mountain View Elementary School, Lexington, VA Elementary Music Teacher 05/11/1992 05/11/1993
Maury River Middle School, Lexington, VA Director of Bands and Choirs 05/11/1992 05/11/2021
Covington High School and Jeter-Watson Intermediate Schools, Covington, VA Director of Bands 05/11/1989 05/11/1992


Dissertation: “Self-Regulation of Learning Practice Strategies and Their Influence on Self-Efficacy of Second Year Band Students”