Amy Spears is Visiting Instructor of Music Education at Florida Atlantic University. Her primary responsibilities include teaching undergraduate music education courses and supervising student teachers. A Ph.D. student in Music Education at Arizona State University, she will complete her doctorate in the fall of 2013. Professor Spears holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University in Alabama. Prior to her appointment at FAU, Professor Spears taught undergraduate music courses and gave private instruction at the University of Alabama and Arizona State University. She has five years of teaching experience in public school music programs in Alabama and Arizona, including instruction with beginning, middle, and high school levels of concert bands, chamber ensembles, marching bands, jazz bands, percussion ensemble, middle school orchestra, secondary general music, and guitar classes.
Her research interests include research in curriculum development in secondary instrumental programs, inclusion of aural learning in school music programs, and effective team teaching in instrumental ensembles. Professor Spears is published in the Ala Breve: The official publication of the Alabama Music Educators Association
and The Woman Conductor: The official publication for Women Band Directors International. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences throughout the United States including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), Instrumental Music Teacher Educators’ Colloquium (IMTE), and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Ms. Spears maintains an active professional involvement with the College Music Society, the National Flute Association, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and its state affiliates.