Dr. Michelle Henry
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. 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. 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. 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, coordinates the Master of Music in Music Education program, and supervises student teachers. She coordinates the Music Education Convocation Series, the Baylor Women’s Choir Festival, and is the advisor to the Baylor University Music Educators Association (BUMEA), and served as the Texas state collegiate chair from 2003-2007.
Before coming to Baylor, she held a similar position at Malone College 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.
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, and serves on several review boards (Texas Music Education Research, Southwestern Musician, Connections). 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 SmartMusic applications. She frequently serves as a judge and clinician for choral and vocal events.
Dr. Henry serves as the Associate Faculty Master of Brooks Residential College at Baylor, where she lives with her husband Douglas, a member of the Great Text faculty, their son Zachary, and their cat Aphrodite.