Assistant Professor of Music Education
259 Music and Dramatic Arts Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
Dr. Justin J. West, native of Houston, TX, is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Louisiana State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education and research methods. He came to LSU from the University of North Texas, where he taught courses in music education, supervised student teachers, and held the Ronald E. McNair Fellowship. Well versed in both quantitative and qualitative empirical method, Dr. 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. 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 research articles can be found in Arts Education Policy Review and the Journal of Music Teacher Education. For his dissertation study he developed a theory of professional development classroom implementation following music conferences.
Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. 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, Dr. 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. Just before his LSU appointment, he served as Director of Music Ministries at Northway Christian Church in Dallas, TX.
Dr. West earned a Ph.D. in music education, with cognate fields in educational research and educational administration, from the University of North Texas, a Master of Arts in music and music education from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, in choral music education from Lamar University. He also holds active Texas teacher and principal certifications.