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D.M.A. in Conducting, University of Texas
M.M. in Music Education, University of Connecticut
B.M. in Horn Performance and Music Education with Distinction in Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
Mary K. Schneider, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University, conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and music education, and oversees and guides all aspects of EMU's comprehensive band program. Prior to her appointment at EMU in the fall of 2008, Dr. Schneider was a faculty member of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Schneider brings a diverse and extensive background to the podium and to her students in the classroom. Her teaching experience includes numerous years as a public school music educator in her native state of New Jersey, where she taught all grade levels of instrumental music and maintained a busy performing schedule as a hornist. Active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Schneider is a strong advocate for new wind music and maintains an active interest in that area of research. In addition to publications as a contributing author for the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, she has engaged in extensive research, writings and presentations surrounding Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano's Symphony No. 3 for large wind ensemble, “Circus Maximus.”
An elected member of the American Bandmasters Association, Schneider is serving her second term as President of the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association. In addition, she maintains professional affiliations with the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the National Association for Music Education. She has also been awarded lifetime honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.