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George Shannon II

In 2021, Dr. Shannon joined the faculty in the School of Music as a Music Education Faculty Fellow. In this role, he teaches courses in instrumental music education, assists with the supervision of student interns, guests conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, and is the director of the Bruin Blast Pep Band. Originally from Florida, Dr. Shannon has taught band and served in school leadership at the secondary level. He earned a Ph.D. in Music with a concentration in Music Education from the University of South Florida, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University, and a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education degree from Florida State University.

Avid for conducting, Dr. Shannon received instruction in wind band conducting from Patrick Dunnigan, Richard Clary, Matthew McCutchen; orchestral with William Wiedrich, and participated in a conducting symposium with Sarah McKoin. In the area of research, he has presented a poster at the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Professional Development Conference and has a published article titled "An Unexpected Shift" in Teaching Music magazine. His dissertation explored differences in music performance self-efficacy among undergraduate students by race and ethnicity.

Dr. Shannon maintains professional memberships with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and the Center for Music Education Research (CMER) at the University of South Florida.

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