Brenda Mitchell, Music Education

Director of Graduate Studies in Music

225 Center for the Performing Arts
(513) 529-1228

Brenda Mitchell, D.M.A., has been a faculty member at Miami University since 1990. She teaches music education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and serves as the area chair of Music Education and as Associate Chair of the Department of Music. From 1978 to 1988 she taught strings, elementary through high school, in the Mesa Public Schools in Arizona. Dr. Mitchell has adjudicated music festivals and given string clinics in Arizona, Ohio, and Virginia. Each summer from 1989 to 2002 she conducted the chamber orchestra for the Ohio Governor's Institute for Gifted and Talented Students, made up of outstanding high school string players. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1994 from Arizona State University. An active violist, she continues to perform in the Cincinnati area.

Professional memberships include Ohio Music Education Association, Music Educators National Conference, American String Teachers Association, and American Orff-Schulwerk Association. In 1989 Dr. Mitchell was elected Chair of the Southwest Region of the Ohio Music Education Association, an office she held from 1989 to 1994. She has served on the editorial board for the research journal Contributions to Music Education and as a reviewer for Journal of Excellence in College Teaching.

Dr. Mitchell’s research centers around string pedagogy for young musicians. Her publications include three books, New Directions for Strings-A Comprehensive String Method Books One and Two, and Lessons in Performance for Beginning and Developing Strings, both published by FJH Music Inc.. Published articles have appeared in Journal of Music Teacher Education, American String Teacher, and Triad. In 2005 Dr. Mitchell received the Crossan Hays Curry Distinguished Educator Award from the School of Fine Arts at Miami University.