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George Shannon II

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Dr. George Shannon II is a Faculty Fellow in the School of Music at Belmont University where he teaches courses within the music education curriculum, assists with the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, and is the director of the Bruin Blast pep band. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Shannon served as a band director and in school leadership at the secondary level in Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Music with a concentration in Music Education from the University of South Florida, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree from National-Louis University, and a Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental) degree from Florida State University. 

 Passionate about wind band conducting, Dr. Shannon has studied with Patrick Dunnigan, Richard Clary, Matthew McCutchen, orchestral conducting with William Wiedrich, and participated in a conducting seminar instructed by Dr. Sarah McKoin, Director of Bands at Texas Tech University. He is interested in how conducting, or the expression in conducting gestures particularly with the left hand relates to free flow movement. 

 His current research focuses on the differences in music performance self-efficacy by race and ethnicity of college students. Dr. Shannon’s interest in music self-efficacy stems from academic research that shows the correlation between music participation and academic achievement and also the “achievement gap” among races. He believes that music self-efficacy, just as motivation, is connected to one’s music performance but also may be correlated to their academic performance as well. Dr. Shannon has presented research for the Center for Music Education Research, participated in a poster session at the Florida Music Educators’ Association (FMEA) Professional Development Conference, and has a published article titled “An Unexpected Shift” in Teaching Music magazine that highlights the shifts made due to COVID-19 and how music education can progress forward.

 Contact: (615) 460-5739 or george.shannon@belmont.edu

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