Dr. John Bryan Burton

Title: Music Educator
Company: West Chester University
Location: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, United States

Dr. John Bryan Burton, Music Educator at West Chester University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

Music has been present in Dr. Burton’s life for decades, and he has taught generations of musicians since the mid 1970s. He currently serves in multiples roles at West Chester University. Since 1991, he has been a professor of music at the institution, and in 1997 he became the coordinator of graduate studies. Following these positions, in 2001, he accepted the directorship position of the post-baccalaureate teacher certification program, and added chair of the music education department and co-director of the Samuel Barber Institute for Music Educators to his resume in 2008. Due to his involvement in the field, Dr. Burton has been asked to present and lecturer in the field and has visited institutions all over the United States. He has previously taught at the Frostburg State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

In addition to these roles, Dr. Burton has been a visiting professor at a variety of colleges. He briefly joined the faculties of such institutions as Georgia State University, the University of Washington, the College of New Jersey, the University of Nebraska, University of Sioux Falls and Ride University. He prepared for a career in music by first earning a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Texas A&M University, and then an MA from Western State Colorado University. In 1986, he earned a PhD in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Other than enlightening the minds of young musicians, Dr. Burton has written many books and educational materials. He often focuses on Native American music, publishing books like, “When the Earth Was Like New: Songs and Stories of the Western Apache,” and “Moving Within the Circle, Contemporary Native American Music and Dance.” He has also written, “Welcome to Mussomeli: Italian Children’s Songs,” and “Strategies for Teaching: General Music 5-8.” He maintains affiliation with the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for Music Teacher Education and the International Society for Music Education among various other institutions. He has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award and a Humanitarian Award.

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