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Amy Simmons

Amy Simmons is Senior Lecturer in Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. She is an authority on human learning and memory. Prior to her appointment to the UT faculty, Dr. Simmons taught at the Texas State University School of Music as an Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education and, before that, at the University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Music. Her research has generated many publications in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and she has presented her work in thirty international, national, and state conference venues. Her undergraduate classroom responsibilities have included teaching pedagogical and instrumental methods courses and supervising student teachers. Dr. Simmons also taught a variety of graduate-level courses, including advanced instrumental methods, classroom management, psychology of music education, applications of music education research to the classroom, and independent study topics.

Dr. Simmons was a band director in the Lewisville Independent School District before receiving her PhD in Music and Human Learning from The University of Texas at Austin. She has served as the Chair for the Instructional Strategies Research Interest Group for the MENC: National Association for Music Education, and has been a long-time member of the State Research Committee for the Texas Music Educators Association. Since 1990, Dr. Simmons has performed as an active freelance oboist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, San Antonio Lyric Opera, Camerata Chamber Winds, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.