Dr. Amy Spears, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music
(402) 465-2283
aspears [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Rogers Fine Arts, Room 303
Office hours: 

Mondays at 11 and 2
Wednesdays at 2
By appointment


Amy Spears is in her second 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 a Freshman Seminar and courses in the Education Department. Dr. Spears completed her Ph.D. from Arizona State University 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 in secondary instrumental programs, inclusion of aural learning 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. 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 College Music Society, the National Flute Association, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and its state affiliates.

Courses taught: 

Fall 2015

IDS 1010 Archway Seminar – Music and Society
Music 3510 Advanced Instrumental Conducting
Music 3530 Public School Music – Instrumental
Music 3540 Elementary General Music Methods
Practicum Supervision for Music Education Majors

Spring 2016

Music 2510 Conducting II – Instrumental
Music 3550 Secondary Vocal Music Methods
Music 4980 Senior Capstone Seminar
Practicum and Student Teacher Supervision for Music Education Majors