Michael V. Smith (Ph.D. in music education, University of Minnesota; M.M.E., Kansas University; B.M., Washburn University), is the head of the Music Education Division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Prior to coming to The Catholic University of America in 2004, he chaired and taught in the Music Education Departments at DePaul University in Chicago, Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. Prior to these experiences, he taught instrumental, choral and general music (K-12) for 10 years in the public schools of Topeka, Kansas, finishing his years there as a band director and music instructor at Topeka West High School. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota. His Master of Music in Music Education is from Kansas University and his Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, is from Washburn University.
Dr. Smith has developed mentoring programs for the Yamaha Corporation of America, the Minnesota Music Educators Association and the Illinois Music Educators Association. He continues to actively research and work in areas that support the work of beginning music teachers. His recent book, co-authored with University of Michigan's Dr. Colleen Conway, Handbook for the Music Mentor, is available from GIA Publications. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters in the area of mentoring and continues to be asked to speak around the country and write on this subject.
Dr. Smith also writes and researches in the area of integrated instruction using the arts, including music, art and other interdisciplinary methods. While at DePaul University, Dr. Smith worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the development of an internationally-recognized Chicago Symphony Orchestra Education Center (ECHO). Also, while in Chicago and in alliance with the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he assisted with of a large Annenberg Challenge grant. This grant supported the development of the Primarily Arts Network, which sought to effect whole-school change in several inner city Chicago Public Schools through an interdisciplinary arts curriculum. Here in D.C. and with Education Department colleagues and the staff of the Washington D.C. Kreeger Museum, The grant, Hear Art See Music (HASM), has sought to investigate the use of cross-modality strategies in arts education for the purpose of serving ADA Universal Design mandates, and in turn, better serving special needs populations who come to the museum. He has also assisted in the development of music instruction software for Harmonic Vision and continues to be interested in methods of instruction using technology.
Dr. Smith is actively involved in a number of D.C. area music classrooms. He has served as clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator and consultant throughout the country, including Arizona, California, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas. He serves on the National Council of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, is the D.C. representative to the Society of Music Teacher Educators, and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the District of Columbia Music Educators Association, the College Music Society, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He currently serves Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington, Maryland as Choir Director and Organist and also currently (and proudly) plays 2nd trombone in the Catholic University Wind Ensemble.