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Kenneth Elpus, Ph.D.

I research music and arts education and conduct choirs.

Currently, I am Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of the University of Maryland School of Music. At UMD, I conduct the Treble Choir, prepare undergraduate music education majors to teach choral music in secondary schools, and teach graduate research methods. I’m also the principal investigator of the Music and Arts Education Data Lab, the University of Maryland’s National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab. In the lab, we use large datasets to answer questions related to music and arts education in K-12 schooling. In my administrative role as Associate Director of the School of Music for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Studies, I serve on the School Administration Team, oversee the university’s performance and academic graduate programs in music, and help advance the work and careers of the School of Music faculty. Frequently, I guest conduct All-County, All-Region, or All-State Honor Choirs. Before earning my doctorate, I taught choral music and AP Music Theory at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, NJ.

 

Here, you can learn about my research and publications, my grants and sponsored research, my teaching, or watch some of my choral conducting. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Education

  • Ph.D. 2011

    Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

  • MMus 2006

    Master of Music in Choral Music Education

    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

  • BMus 2001

    Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education

    The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

Academic Positions

  • Present2021

    Associate Director of the School of Music

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • Present2022

    Professor of Music Education

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • 20212019

    Coordinator of Music Education

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • 20222017

    Associate Professor of Music Education

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • 20172011

    Assistant Professor of Music Education

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • 20082001

    Director of Choral Music

    Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington, NJ