Faculty

The Music Education program at Indiana Wesleyan University provides a Christ-centered academic curriculum that prepares the student to achieve teacher certification in the areas of choral, general, and instrumental music. Our faculty members hold Master's and Doctoral degrees from highly-regarded institutions of higher learning in the area of music education. They hold memberships in various professional organizations and are in demand as clinicians, guest conductors, adjudicators, and performers, and serve on national executive music education committees. These instructors have real-world experience in the K-12 school music setting, enabling them to bring to life academic theory and educational philosophy.

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Chris Lessly; MMEd PhD Professor; Music chris.lessly@indwes.edu Department - Music Division - Music

Biography

Dr. Lessly serves as Coordinator of Music Education, teaches methods courses and supervises student teachers and practicum students.  Dr. Lessly is a woodwind specialist and teaches the clarinet studio.   Dr. Lessly also serves as Director of the World Music Ensemble.  She is the founding Director of The Heart of Indiana Children's Choir, having performed at IMEA and Indiana Pacers games, with the IWU and BSU choirs, and with the Marion Philharmonic and Muncie Symphonies. The choir also tours internationally. Dr. Lessly holds memberships in IMEA, NAfME, SMTE, SGM, and AOSA, presenting clinics in the Midwest and southern U.S.   She is an adoptive mom of Caroline, from China, and Claudia, from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  She is in the process of adopting her third daughter from Jiangsu Province of China.

Educational Background:

  • B.M.E., 1980, Central Missouri State University
  • M.M.Ed., 1987, University of Kansas
  • Ph.D., 1996, University of Kansas

Interests

  • World Music Drumming Curriculum
  • Music and Language Literacy
  • Music Teacher Education Curriculum
  • Children's Voices

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