Elizabeth Mcfarland

Dr. Elizabeth Hogan McFarland

Music Education
Music

emcfarland@semo.edu
573-986-6735
http://www.elizabethhoganmcfarland.com
Office:  Seminary Building 362


I am passionate about helping to empower future music educators to contribute to their communities through music.

What area do you teach?

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Education/Degree(s)

PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum from the University of Missouri
Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University
Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri

Your philosophy of teaching:

My mission is to teach others about beauty in themselves and the world around them through the study of music. I believe all students deserve the right to a free and comprehensive music education. I am passionate about helping to empower future music educators to contribute to their communities through music.

Why did you decide to teach?

I originally decided to become a music teacher because I wanted music to be a part of my life every day, but I wanted more stability than a life as a performer could offer me. I chose to pursue teaching middle school choir because I saw that particular group of young people as having infinite potential that was often unrecognized and I wanted to honor and encourage the humanity in my students. After teaching public school for 7 years, I had a few opportunities to begin working with adult learners, and soon I realized that I could combine ALL of my passions (making music, teaching young people, and teaching adults) by teaching pre-service teachers at the college level. I love my job!

Credentials/career path

Prior to teaching full time at Southeast Missouri State, I taught courses at Webster University, UMSL, and Mizzou. I worked as a public school teacher in Parkway School District and Lindbergh School District in St. Louis, MO. I also have a passion for community music that was sparked during my time conducting choral ensembles and as the community engagement coordinator for the St. Louis Children's Choirs.

I travel around the country offering guest lectures and conducting honor choirs, which allows me to stay connected to young musicians.

Professional Highlight

Choral Clinician in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas,

Alto II in mirabai, Professional Women's Chorus

Award/Honor/Recognition

Orff Shulwerk Level 1 Training
Missouri Music Educators Association - NAfME Collegiate State Executive Board Advisor
Artist Teacher Certificate from CME's Choral Teacher Institute

Organization with which you are involved

American Choral Directors Association - Repertoire and Resources Chair for Student Activities for the Southwestern Division
Missouri Music Educators Association - NAfME Collegiate State Executive Board Advisor

Most Recent/Notable Published Work

McFarland, E. School-community partnerships in community children’s choir organizations. Retrieved from MOspace https://hdl.handle.net/10355/61959 January 1, 2018.

Best advice for students

Go to class - consider yourself a professional from the very start! School is your job while at Southeast Missouri State, and (lucky you!) you get to be in school for the rest of your working life so you can begin to practice the skills of a teacher right now.

Contact

573.651.2141
bdelph@semo.edu
River Campus Seminary 254
Department of Music
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701