Dr. Kerry Anne Simon currently serves as the Director of Bands at Mississippi Valley State University. Her responsibilities include teaching Music Theory, Instrumental Music Education, Conducting, Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone. Additionally, she conducts the Marching and Pep Bands, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and the Woodwind Ensembles. She also advises the Delta Pi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Gamma Eta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.
Dr. Simon is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and is a proud graduate of Mississippi Valley State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She went on to receive a Master of Education degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, a Master of Music Education degree from Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University.
Prior to her appointment at MVSU, Dr. Simon taught in the Memphis City School District and on the faculty of Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, MS. She is an active clinician, adjudicator, consultant, and guest conductor. Her teaching and research interests are focused on music teacher education and retention particularly in low socioeconomic schools.
Dr. Simon is an experienced clarinet player and has served as principal in several organizations. She is affiliated with the following organizations: The National Association for Music Education, Historically Black Colleges & Universities National Band Directors Consortium, College Band Director’s National Association, College Music Society, Society for Research in Music Education, Society for Music Teacher Education, The Mayday Group, Golden Key International Honor Society, Mississippi Bandmasters, Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority, Incorporated, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
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