Sean Powell

Chair of Music Education

Assistant Professor of Music Education


College of Music Administration, Music Education

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Sean R. Powell is Chair of Music Education and Coordinator of the Master’s program in Music Education at the University of North Texas where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental methods, foundations of music education, sociology of music, and qualitative research methods.

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

An active scholar, Dr. Powell’s research interests include music teacher education and music teacher identity. His work has been published in the Journal of Research in Music EducationBulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Music Education Research, and the Journal of Band Research. He has presented research nationally and internationally, including the National Association for Music Education Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, the International Society for Music Education World Conference(Thessaloniki, Greece and Glasgow, Scotland), the International Conference on Narrative Inquiry in Music Education, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, and several state music education conferences.

Prior to his appointment at UNT, Dr. Powell was Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia. He also served as a band director in the public schools of Tennessee.