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  • Linda K. Thompson

    B.S., Northern State University
    M.S., University of Wisconsin- Madison
    Ph.D., University of Arizona

    Email: lthompson@leeuniversity.edu

    Associate Professor of Music Education, Chairperson of Vocal Department

    Linda Thompson, Ph.D., is an associate professor in music education at Lee University and chair of the Vocal Music Department. She received her BS in Secondary Education - Music from Northern State University, and a Master of Science in Education and Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her Ph.D. in Music Education, from University of Arizona, included a minor in Teaching and Teacher Education.

    Prior academic positions include serving as an assistant professor at the Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam, and at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

    Thompson's research and teaching interests include pre-service teacher development, sociological aspects of music education, and music for special learners. She has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences and is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Music Therapy, Music Educators' Journal, and General Music Today. She is also co-author of the textbook Constructing a Personal Orientation to Music Teaching and a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education.

    Thompson is a past-chair of the national Society for Music Teacher Education and of the Music Education Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. She currently serves as co-editor of Advances in Music Teacher Education, the book series of the Music Education SIG of AERA. Thompson also serves on the advisory board of the Desert Skies Symposium for Music Education and the Music Education Division of the College Music Society. She holds Orff Certification and maintains memberships with NAfME, CMS, AERA, and AOSA.

    Thompson's public school teaching experience includes 11 years of elementary general music and middle school choral music in Evanston, Wyoming. In addition, Dr. Thompson has taught private piano for the past 30 years, served as director and accompanist for various children’s choirs, and founded the Lee University Children’s Chorale.

    Thompson is married to Mike Leuze, a computational scientist, and they enjoy bicycling and alpine skiing.

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