Dr. Michele HenryDirector, Music Education Division
Associate Professor of Choral Music Education
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco TX 76798
Phone: (254) 710-3264
Fax: (254) 710-1911
Dr. MICHELE HENRY is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and serves as the Division Director for Music Education. She has been a member of the Baylor faculty since 2001. Dr. Henry holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota. She earned her Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma Baptist University.
Dr. Henry teaches a variety of choral methods and music education courses for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as supervising student teachers. She is the advisor to the Baylor University Music Educators Association (BUMEA) and coordinates the annual Baylor Women’s Choir Festival.
Dr. Henry is currently serving as the College Division Vice-President and State Chair for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). Previously, she served as the Texas state collegiate chair for the Texas Music Educators Conference (TMEC). Dr. Henry is on the Editorial Boards for both TMEA and TMEC research journals, as well as the Article Review Committee for the The Southwestern Musician.
A specialist in vocal sight-reading materials, techniques, and assessment, Dr. Henry is published in numerous music education journals (including the Journal of Research in Music Education, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Symposium: The Journal of the College Music Society, the Choral Journal, and The Southwestern Musician), presents research and clinics regionally, nationally and internationally. Her doctoral dissertation, "The Development of a Vocal Sight-Reading Inventory," focused on the development of an individualized vocal sight-reading test that can be used by classroom educators, as well as researchers. Dr. Henry also serves on the TMEA/TMAC joint task force developing a statewide assessment in music. Dr. Henry is a sought after clinician for sight-reading teaching strategies, assessment techniques, and music software applications. She frequently serves as a judge and clinician for choral and vocal events.
Before coming to Baylor, she held a similar position at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Prior to university-level teaching, Dr. Henry was a choral and general music teacher at Wright Middle School in Nashville, an experience she describes as "undoubtedly my most valuable preparation for teaching future music educators." Concurrently, she served as an adjunct faculty member at Belmont University and as assistant director of the Nashville Children's Choir. She also served on the Tennessee Music Educators Association State Executive Board, organizing auditions and festivals for regional honor choirs and mass choir events.
Dr. Henry and her husband Douglas, Associate Professor of Great Texts and Associate Dean of the Honors College, are the developers of a pocket neighborhood called “The Cloister at Cameron Park," located adjacent to Waco's Cameron Park, the second largest municipal park in the nation. This community-based neighborhood concept came about as the result of their experiences as Faculty-in-Residence at Brook Residential College from 2007-2013.