Faculty

Dr. Jennifer Vannatta-Hall

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jennifer Vannatta-Hall
615-898-2487
Room 203, Saunders Fine Arts Building (SFA)
MTSU Box 47, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ed.D., University of Illinois, Urbana (2010)
  • M.A., Middle Tennessee State University (2004)
  • B.M., Middle Tennessee State University (1998)

Areas of Expertise

K-12 Vocal/General Music Education
Early Childhood Music Education
Orff-Schulwerk
World Music Pedagogy

Biography

Jennifer Vannatta-Hall received a Bachelor of Music degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1998. She taught pre-K through eighth grade general music and directed choirs in Rutherford County for two years. She then served as middle school general music teacher for the next three years in Franklin Special School District, where she conducted choirs and led the musical theatre program for fifth through eighth graders. She also served as associate director of the Tennessee Choral Academy, ...

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Jennifer Vannatta-Hall received a Bachelor of Music degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1998. She taught pre-K through eighth grade general music and directed choirs in Rutherford County for two years. She then served as middle school general music teacher for the next three years in Franklin Special School District, where she conducted choirs and led the musical theatre program for fifth through eighth graders. She also served as associate director of the Tennessee Choral Academy, conducting five choirs ranging in age from eight to eighteen.

After teaching in the public schools for five years, Vannatta-Hall returned to MTSU and graduated with a Master of Arts in Music Education in 2004. She was hired as full-time faculty for the MTSU School of Music for the 2004-2005 school year, where she taught music methods courses and conducted the MTSU Women's Chorale. She then completed her doctoral coursework in music education at the University of Illinois and graduated with a Doctor of Education degree in August 2010. She is certified through the master level of the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education as well as the Smithsonian Institute's World Music Pedagogy.

Vannatta-Hall has presented at workshops and conferences all over the Unites States. She conducts and adjudicates choral festivals. Her research interests include early childhood music teacher education and secondary general music. She also serves as Conductor of the Ethos Children's Choir, an auditioned community choir for children in grades two through six. She and her husband Scott make their home in Murfreesboro with their son Preston and daughter Piper.

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