photo: westJustin West

Assistant Professor of Music Education

259 Music and Dramatic Arts Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504

P: (225)578-2583
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Dr. Justin J. West, native of Houston, TX, is Assistant Professor of Music Education at LSU, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music education, quantitative and qualitative research methods, music education foundations, and sociology of music education. Dr. West is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he earned a Ph.D. in music education with cognate fields in educational research and educational administration and served as the UNT Ronald E. McNair Scholars Fellow in music education. He also holds a Master of Arts in music and music education from Columbia University; a Bachelor of Music in choral music education, magna cum laude, from Lamar University; and Texas teacher and principal certifications.

An active scholar, Dr. West has written on issues such as music teacher professional development, music teacher self-efficacy, arts education policy, music teacher social capital, and secondary school choral program development. His articles are published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Music Teacher Education, General Music Today, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and the Journal of Research in Music Education. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing and is a frequent presenter at music education conferences across the U.S. He is also co-facilitator of the Professional Development for Music Teachers Area for Strategic Planning and Action, a working group within the Society for Music Teacher Education.

Dr. West is co-founder and principal investigator with the Translational Research in Music Group (TRMG), a research collaborative that seeks to "close the loop" between theory and practice in music and music education. He led the TRMG's inaugural project, the Reciprocal Peer Coaching Initiative, a professional development program with music teachers from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

Dr. West has enjoyed a successful career as a public-school choral music educator and as a church musician serving in a variety of roles (choral director, pianist, and organist). He was director of choirs for the 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, he was named Crosby High School Rising Star Teacher of the Year and, in 2015, the choral program under his leadership earned its first Division I festival ratings since 2001. Before arriving in Baton Rouge, he served as director of music ministries at Northway Christian Church in Dallas, TX, where he led a varied music in worship program and conducted the Chancel Choir. Currently, he's pianist and organist at Blackwater United Methodist Church in Central, Louisiana.

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