John Lychner, Ph.D.

Director of Music Education

John A. Lychner is Director of Music Education in the School of Music at Stetson University. He teaches classes in music education, supervises intern teachers, serves as an academic advisor as well as the advisor for the collegiate NAfME chapter, and is active as a clinician and conductor. Prior to coming to Stetson, Dr. Lychner was Professor of Music in the School of Music at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Lychner earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and was then awarded a Rotary International Foundation Scholarship to continue studies in music and education at the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England. He taught band, choir, and general music in the Lindbergh School District in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a Master of Arts from Northeast Missouri State University where he was the principal conductor for the University Concert Band and then went on to complete a Ph.D. at Florida State University in Music Education. While in Tallahassee, Lychner was also Assistant Director of Bands at Rickards High School and woodwind coach and rehearsal assistant with the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra. During his career, he has also worked as a summer music camp instructor, church organist, and church choir director.

Lychner has served in a variety of leadership roles with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), including national Chair for two Special Research Interest Groups and President for the Michigan Music Educators Association, the Michigan affiliate of NAfME. He was also a member of the Production Staff for the International Association for Jazz Education annual convention.

His research in the areas of aesthetic response to music and teacher education has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the International Journal of Music Education: Research, and the Journal of Band Research, among others. He has also been published in several volumes of the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and has written articles for the Music Educators Journal, The Michigan Music Educator, and The Instrumentalist.

Education

  • Ph.D., music education, Florida State University
  • M.A., music, conducting emphasis, Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University)
  • B.M.E., k-12, instrumental and vocal, Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University)

Course Topics

  • Principles and Methods of Music Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Learning
  • Elementary School Music Methods
  • Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds
  • Secondary Instrumental Methods
  • Professional Music Educator
  • Intern Teacher Observation

Select Publications

  • Lychner, John A. (2017). Teacher Resource Guide: Royal Canadian Sketches. In Richard Miles (Ed.), Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Vol. 11. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications.
  • Lychner, John A. (2016). "Lessons from Skunk Band, Improving Preparation for Student Teaching: Essential Experiences for Music Education Majors." The Instrumentalist.
  • Lychner, John A. (2014). Teacher Resource Guide: An Australian Sea Ballad. In Richard Miles (Ed.), Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Middle School Edition. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications.
  • Lychner, John A. (2014). Teacher Resource Guide: 12873465. In Richard Miles (Ed.), Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Middle School Edition. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications.
  • Lychner, John A. (2012). Teacher Resource Guide: Fanfare, Song, and Fugue. In Richard Miles (Ed.), Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Vol. 9. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications.
  • Lychner, John A. (2011). Composer Biographies: Finney, Finnissy, Fischer, Fitkin, Flamhaft, Flores, Follas, Fonte, Ford, and Forsstrom. In Richard Miles (Ed.), Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, A Volume of Solo Repertoire with Wind Band Accompaniment. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications.
  • Lychner, John A. (2010). Teacher Resource Guide: Snake Charmer. In Richard Miles (Ed.), Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Vol. 8. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications.
  • Lychner, John A. (2008). "Instrumental Music Experiences from Mexico." Music Educators Journal.
  • Lychner, John A. (2008). "A Comparison of Non-Musicians' and Musicians' Aesthetic Response to Music Experienced With and Without Video." International Journal of Music Education: Research.
  • Lychner, John A. (2007). "Anticipating Problems on the Podium." The Instrumentalist.

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