John Lychner

John Lychner

Associate Professor of Music, 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.

  • PhD, Music Education, Florida State University
  • MA, Music, Conducting emphasis, Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University)
  • BME, K-12, Instrumental and Vocal Certifications, Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University)

Contact

Course Sampling

  • Principles and Methods of Music Instruction for Diverse Learners (FSEM)
  • Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds
  • Instrumental Techniques for Vocalists I
  • Instrumental Techniques for Vocalists II
  • Elementary School Music Methods
  • Music Education Professional Development Hour (MEPD)
  • Instrumental Methods I
  • Instrumental Methods II
  • Administering the School Music Program: Marching Band, Musicals and Large Productions
  • Intern Teacher Observation

Areas of Expertise

  • Music Education
  • Band
  • Conducting

Biography

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 PhD 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.

Publications

  • Lychner, John A. (2021). Teacher Resource Guide: Deep Dish. In Andrew Trachsel (Ed.), Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Vol. 12. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications.
  • Lychner, John A. (2020). "Achieving 'Flow' in Musical Experiences--Employing the Concepts and Approaches of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in Music Rehearsals and Performances." Florida Music Director.
  • Fredrickson, W. E., Lychner, J. A., & Scherber, R. V. (2020). "Who is your favorite teacher, and why?" Research Perspectives in Music Education.
  • Lychner, John A. (2019). "Music Education for Students from Migrant Families: Ten Years Later." Michigan Music Educator.
  • Lychner, John A. (2018). "Top 10 Lists for Reflection and Assessment." The Instrumentalist.
  • 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 Educators." 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.

Research Interests

  • Aesthetic Response to Music
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Education Methods
  • Band Literature
  • Philosophy of Music Education
  • History of Music Education