Faculty and Staff
|Title:||Assistant Professor of Music Education
|School of Music|
School of Music, Room 310
D. Gregory Springer is an assistant professor of music education at the University of South Carolina where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental methods, principles of music education, and psychology of music. He also serves as director of the Congaree New Horizons Band in Columbia, SC, a recreational ensemble of adult instrumental musicians over the age of 50. Prior to his appointment at USC, he served as Director of Music Education at Boise State University and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky. He also served as Associate Director of Bands for the Pearl Public School District in Pearl, Mississippi, where his ensembles earned consistent superior ratings at all concert, marching, and sight-reading events attended, in addition to yearly sweepstakes awards and two state marching band championship awards.
His professional activities as a conductor and adjudicator complement his teaching experience. As a conductor, Dr. Springer has conducted performances with both amateur and professional ensembles, including La Banda dell’Esercito (the Italian Army Band) and the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. He was also selected as a winner of the National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project in 2005. Currently, he serves as an adjudicator for concert band festivals and a guest conductor for regional honor bands.
Dr. Springer’s research interests include music perception, music performance evaluation, and music teacher education. He has presented research sessions at regional, national, and international venues, and his research is published (in print or in press) in refereed journals, including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, International Journal of Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. He also served as assistant editor of the book Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions, which was published by GIA in 2013.
He received a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Kentucky as well as degrees in music education (M.M.E. and B.M.E.) and trombone performance (B.M.) from the University of Southern Mississippi. Professional memberships include the National Association for Music Education, International Society for Music Education, National Band Association, Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and Society for Research in Music Education.