Sean Powell

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Chair of Music Education

Associate Professor of Music Education


College of Music Administration, Music Education

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Sean Robert Powell is Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of North Texas where he teaches graduate courses in sociology, philosophy, qualitative research, and music teacher education.

Dr. Powell is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and the Advisory Committee of Music Educators Journal. He also serves as the Southwest Division Chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education.

An active scholar, Dr. Powell’s research interests include agency and structure, identity, post-qualitative inquiry, competition, neoliberal education policy, music teacher education, social theory, and the sociology of music education. His work has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Music Education Research, and the Journal of Band Research, and he has presented research, workshops, and guest lectures at national and international venues. Dr. Powell has contributed chapters to the Oxford Handbook of Music Teacher Education in the United States and Narratives and Reflections in Music Education: Listening to Voices Seldom Heard. He is co-editor of a forthcoming book dedicated to sociological research and social theory in music education.