Sean Powell

Chair of the Division of Music Education

Associate Professor of Music Education


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 Boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education; Journal of Music Teacher Education; and Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education. He also serves as the Chair-Elect of the Society for Music Teacher Education.

An active scholar, Dr. Powell’s research interests include competition, agency and structure, identity, post-qualitative inquiry, 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 EducationBulletin 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; Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; 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 author of The Ideology of Competition in School Music and co-editor of Sociological Thinking in Music Education: International Intersections (both books forthcoming from Oxford University Press).