Title: Choral Music Education
Bryan Nichols is an Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Akron, where he teaches choral and general music education classes, supervises student teachers, and directs the University Singers. Dr. Nichols has extensive experience as a middle school and high school choral director and has had a variety of teaching experience at the college level. He has supervised student teachers and assisted students with TPA, the new portfolio-based assessment being implemented in Ohio. He has been active with local and state organizations of NAfME. He served on the Future Directions Committee for the Kentucky Music Educators Association was the Region 4 Choral Chair. He was the high school R&S Chair for the state of Kentucky, where his choirs consistently received superior ratings, performed for the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and toured all regions of the country. He has commissioned five works and gave joint performances with many choirs including the Indianapolis Children’s Chorus and the Minnesota Boychoir.
Dr. Nichols has been published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Contributions to Music Education, and the Choral Journal. His research interests include singing accuracy, music teacher education, and sight-singing pedagogy. He has presented his work at both national and international conferences. Dr. Nichols earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music Education from Florida State University, and a PhD from the University of Washington.