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Dr. C. Michael Palmer is Assistant Professor of Music Education. Dr. Palmer’s university teaching experience includes serving as the Instructor of Low Brass at Prairie View A&M University and as an adjunct professor at Adrian College (MI) and Concordia University (MI). Dr. Palmer holds degrees from Oberlin College (B.M. in Trombone and B.A. in German Studies), Rice University (M.M in Performance), Valparaiso University (M.Ed.) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in Music Education). He was Instrumental Music Teacher at middle school and high school levels in Indiana, North Carolina, California, and Michigan.
An advocate of creativity in music, Dr. Palmer's research focuses on composition and improvisation. His dissertation titled "An Analysis of Instrumental Jazz Improvisation Development Among High School and College Musicians" examined developmental tendencies and characteristics of jazz improvisers at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Other interests include the cognitive development of pre-service teachers and action research in the K-12 classroom. His scholarly writings have been published by Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Music Education Research, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, British Journal of Music Education, Teaching Music, Visions of Research in Music Education, and the International Trombone Association Journal.
Dr. Palmer has presented clinics at state music education conferences in California, Indiana, and Michigan. At the national level, he has presented at the National Association for Music Education Conference (NAfME) in St. Louis, the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) Conference in Greensboro, and the American Education Research Association in New Orleans. As a trombonist, Dr. Palmer has been a member of the Woodlands Symphony (TX), LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra (IN), and has appeared as a substitute trombonist with the Houston Symphony, Millar Brass Ensemble (Chicago), Northwest Indiana Symphony, and Charlotte Philharmonic. He and his wife Sarah are the proud parents of three young children.
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