Assistant Professor of Music Education
102 School of Music Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
Justin J. West, native of Houston, TX, begins his appointment as Assistant Professor of Music Education in Fall 2018. He comes to LSU from the University of North Texas, where he teaches courses in music education, supervises student teachers, and holds the Ronald E. McNair Doctoral Fellowship. He earned a Master of Arts in music and music education from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Music in choral music education from Lamar University, with honors, and is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in music education, with a cognate field in educational research, at the University of North Texas. He also holds active Texas teacher and principal certifications.
Well-versed in both quantitative and qualitative empirical method, West’s ongoing scholarly work focuses on the intersection of educational policy and music teacher practice, with a particular interest in music teacher professional development. For his dissertation study he is developing a grounded theory of professional development classroom implementation following music conferences. His recent article on social capital and music teacher professional development was published in Arts Education Policy Review, and he has presented his research at music education conferences across the U.S., including the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, Texas Choral Directors Association Convention, and the Desert Skies Symposium on Music Education Research. His forthcoming work includes a manuscript exploring differences in self-efficacy among alternatively and traditionally certified music teachers and an article assessing to what degree school policy environments impact music teacher professional development participation.
Prior to entering the academy, West was Director of Choirs for Crosby Independent School District, near Houston, TX, where he led the high school choirs, taught AP music theory, and coordinated district-wide choral activities. In 2013, West was named Rising Star Teacher of the Year and, in 2015, the high school program under his leadership earned its first Division I contest ratings since 2001. He remains very active as a choral conductor and pianist. A lifelong church musician, he has held music staff positions with congregations across southeast and north Texas. Since 2015, he has led the music and worship program at Northway Christian Church in Dallas, TX.