David Saccardi will begin his appointment as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Louisiana State University in the fall of 2022, where he will teach courses in the undergraduate music teacher preparation sequence and graduate courses in research and the psychology of music. Prior to coming to LSU, Saccardi taught at the University of Texas at Austin and at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.
Saccardi’s research interests include peer-assisted learning in music classrooms, pre-service string teacher training, parental involvement in music instruction, and pedagogical topics in string education. His work has been published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Texas Music Education Research, American String Teacher and the American Suzuki Journal He currently serves on the editorial board for American String Teacher
Prior to joining the faculty at LSU, Saccardi taught middle school and high school orchestra in Loveland, Colorado and was the orchestra director at Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Orchestras under his direction were ranked consistently as superior at state music contests and musical theatre productions under his music direction were nominated for numerous awards. He has also performed on double bass with regional orchestras in Northern Colorado, Wyoming, and Central Texas and has been an active double bass studio teacher since 2004, with registered training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
He is an active string adjudicator and clinician, having worked with orchestras around the United States, and has presented research and clinic sessions at the national conferences for the American String Teachers’ Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas in addition to several state music education conferences.
In 2016, he was recognized by the Colorado Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association as the Exemplary Secondary Orchestra Director for the State of Colorado. Dr. Saccardi holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (PhD; Music and Human Learning), the University of Michigan (MME), and Colorado State University (BM; Double Bass & Music Education).