Faculty Profile

Michael Flanagin

Assistant Professor; Chair, Division of Music

Music and Theatre


Michael Flanagin has served as the Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Indiana Wesleyan University since 2001. He has served as the Music Division Chair since Fall 2016.  He directs the IWU Wind Ensemble, instructs students in the areas of French horn and conducting, and teaches courses in computer applications as well as various courses in music education.  Flanagin's ensembles have been featured at the Indiana Music Educators Conventions in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, have performed in 22 different during his tenure, and have recorded six compact discs.

Prior to his service at IWU, Flanagin taught instrumental and vocal music in secondary public schools in Illinois and Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University and his Master of Arts in Music degree from Ball State University. Mr. Flanagin has directed music at various churches in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri and is active as a soloist, guest conductor and clinician. Flanagin holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), National Band Association (NBA), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA). He has also led multiple trips to Zambia with groups of music education and music therapy majors to serve students and train leaders. 

  • Chair, IWU Division of Music
  • Directs the IWU Wind Ensemble and the IWU Wildcat Pep Band 
  • French Horn 
  • Courses: Music Education, Music Technology, Conducting, Theory, Aural Skills 
  • 7 years of public school teaching experience:
  • High school choir and band, Mt. Carmel High School, Mt. Carmel, IL
  • Middle School instrumental music and 7th grade general music, Riverview Middle School, Huntington, IN
  • Active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout the region.
  • Recorded 6 compact discs with the IWU Wind Ensemble and the IWU Jazz Ensemble.
  • Served as the curriculum supervisor for Elijah Mission International Zambia (EMIZ) Academies of Music in Livingstone, Zambia.
  • Has led music student trips to Honduras and Zambia.
  • 25 years of Church Music Experience in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

Ball State University, 2002

French Horn

Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music), 1994


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