Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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Dr. Amy Knopps

Associate Director of Bands

105 B Alexander Building




D.M.A. in Conducting with a Minor in Music Education, University of Georgia
M.M in Wind Conducting, University of Kansas
B.S. in Music Education, University of Missouri-Columbia 

Courses Taught

  • Marching Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Band
  • Basketball Band
  • Conducting I 
  • Instrumental Music in the Public Schools 


Amy M. Knopps serves as Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Marching Band, and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Eastern Michigan University. Her responsibilities include directing the Marching  Symphonic and Concert Bands, and teaching courses in music education.

Prior to her appointment at Eastern Michigan University, she completed her Doctor of Music Arts in conducting at The University of Georgia where she studied conducting with Dr. John P. Lynch. As a conducting associate Dr. Knopps conducted all six concert ensembles, served as a drill writer for the Redcoat Band, and assistant director of the Basketball Band. Dr. Knopps also was the recipient of the Russell L. Wiley Graduate Conducting Award (University of Kansas).

From 2002-2005 Dr. Knopps was Director of Bands at Center High School and Center Middle School in Kansas City, Missouri where she guided all aspects of the award winning band program. Dr. Knopps received the 2003 Missouri Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2004 You Make the Difference Award, and was included in the 2005 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In 2004, she commissioned and premiered Jonathan Newman’s 1861 for concert band. Dr. Knopps has authored seven articles for School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and has contributed to four volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. In addition to her published articles she has completed extensive research on American-Sponsored overseas secondary band programs in the People’s Republic of China.

Her professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, MENC: The National Association for Music Education, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Tau Beta Sigma, and an honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.

The Department of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344 • Faculty Resources