Laurie Lafferty, Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator, received her undergraduate degree from Baldwin Wallace College, a Master’s in Music Education from Youngstown State University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University. Her teaching assignments at Akron include wind & percussion pedagogy, rehearsal techniques, student teaching supervision, University Band, and graduate core music education classes. Prior to her appointment at Akron she was band director in Fairfield Local Schools, Leesburg, OH; junior high band director, Wapakoneta, OH; Lecturer of French Horn, Ohio Northern University; band director (17 years), Buckeye Local Schools, Ashtabula, OH; and junior high band director, Chagrin Falls, OH. Throughout her teaching career her junior high and high school bands consistently received superior ratings at Ohio Music Education Association sponsored district and state adjudicated events. In addition, her bands and horn ensembles performed at local, state, and national conferences under the direction of many nationally known composers and conductors.
Dr. Lafferty is an active member of OMEA, serving on various state committees, holding district office, and adjudicating at district and state level competitions. She has served as guest conductor and guest clinician at conferences throughout the United States.
Dr. Lafferty has articles on music education published in The Instrumentalist, The Band Director’s Guide, Triad, and Contributions to Music Education. In addition, she has young band arrangements published by Carl Fischer, Heritage Press, Ludwig Music Publishing, and Great Works Publishing.