Dr. Amy Spears, Ph.D.

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Dr. Amy Spears, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music
aspears [at] NebrWesleyan.edu

Rogers Fine Arts, Room 303

Mondays at 11 and 2
Wednesdays at 2
By appointment

(402) 465-2283

Amy Spears is in her third year as Assistant Professor of Music at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Her primary responsibilities include teaching undergraduate music education courses and supervising student teachers. She also teaches general education courses on writing and diversity. Among her other notable teaching experiences is that she has created a fully online graduate music education course on diversity that she taught Summer 2016, and she has created face-to-face graduate education courses that she will be teaching during Summer 2017.

Dr. Spears completed her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Summer 2014. She holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University in Alabama. Prior to her appointment at NWU, Dr. Spears was a Visiting Instructor of Music Education at Florida Atlantic University where she taught graduate and undergraduate students in music education. She also taught undergraduate music courses and gave private instruction at the University of Alabama and Arizona State University. Dr. Spears has five years of teaching experience in public school music programs in Arizona and Alabama, including instruction with beginning, middle, and high school levels of concert bands, chamber ensembles, marching bands, jazz bands, middle school orchestra, middle school percussion ensemble, secondary general music, and guitar classes.

Her research interests include research in curriculum development at the collegiate level and in secondary instrumental programs, inclusion of informal music learning methods in school music programs, and female roles in the development of music education and current secondary music education. Professor Spears is published in the Ala Breve: The official publication of the Alabama Music Educators Association and The Woman Conductor: The official publication for Women Band Directors International, and she has several collaborative book chapters and articles submitted for publication. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences throughout the United States including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), Instrumental Music Teacher Educators’ Colloquium (IMTE), the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and state music conferences nationwide. Dr. Spears maintains an active professional involvement with the American Educational Research Association, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and its state affiliates.


Fall 2017

IDS 1010 Archway Seminar: Music and Society

Music 3530 Secondary Instrumental Music Methods  

Music 3540 Elementary General Music Methods  

Practicum Supervision for Music Education Majors  

Student Teacher Supervision for Music Education Majors  


Spring 2018

Music 1590FYW Intro to Music Education  

Music 3510 Advanced Instrumental Conducting  

Music 3550 Secondary Vocal Music Methods  

Practicum Supervision for Music Education Majors  

Student Teacher Supervision for Music Education Majors