Dr. William V. May
Dean of the School of Music
Dr. William "Will" Vernon May, Jr. has served as Dean of the School of Music at Baylor University since 2000. Prior to his appointment at Baylor he was Interim Dean of the University of North Texas College of Music, Denton. A native of Louisville, Mississippi, Dr. May received his B.M.E. degree from Baylor University, Waco, TX, in 1969 and his M.M.E. degree from North Texas State University in 1975. In 1983, he completed his Ph.D. in Music Education with minors in Choral Music and in Educational Psychology/Statistics at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Dr. May taught choral music in the Texas public schools at the junior and senior high school levels. He was the choral music education specialist for the University of Kansas and the University of Northern Iowa. In 1981, he joined the University of North Texas College of Music faculty, was Chairman of the Division of Music Education from 1987-1993, Associate Dean, 1993-1999; and Interim Dean, 1996-1997 and 1999-2000.
He has served on the editorial boards of national publications, Update: The Application of Research in Music Education and the Journal of Research in Music Education, was a member the Texas Commission on Standards for the Teaching Profession and was the national publications chairperson for the Music Educator National Conference.
Dr. May is a Past President of the Texas Music Educators Association, the first person in a college or university position elected by Texas music teachers to that post, is Past President of the Texas Coalition for Music Education, an advocacy group supporting music in our public schools, and is Past President of the Texas Association of Music Schools.
He is the author of Pronunciation Guide for Choral Literature: French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Spanish (Music Educators National Conference), Something New to Sing About for Young Voices (G. Schirmer) and Teacher's Guide to the World's Greatest Music (Music Educators National Conference). Dr. May's co-authored chapter, "Research on Musical Ensembles," appears in the Handbook of Research in Music Education.
In 1981 and again in 1986, Dr. May was fine arts education consultant to the Australian Ministry of Education and visiting professor at two Australian colleges. In 1993, he served as a music curriculum evaluator for the American School of Japan, Tokyo. He also has been a member of the summer faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr. May was minister of music for nine years at First United Methodist Church in Denton. He now is a member of Seventh and James Baptist Church, Waco. Dr. May and his wife, Ann, have two children, Karen and Jeff, and two grandchildren, Lauren and Katherine Spalding.
"The Baylor School of Music is an extraordinary place for young musicians to grow and flourish, a process fueled by amazing faculty, fine facilities, stellar performances, and a rich musical environment. I am truly honored to be a small part of such a wonderful place."
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