Jason Bowers is Instructor of Music Education and Assistant Director of the School of Music at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including Principles of Teaching Secondary Choral Music, Teaching Music in Diverse Settings, Vocal Techniques for Instrumentalists, and Choral Techniques for Vocalists. He has cultivated community partnerships with the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School, Southdowns Pre-K Center, St. Joseph’s Academy, and University Laboratory School. In addition, he oversees student teaching.
Dr. Bowers is highly involved in the Baton Rouge musical community, having performed with various professional choirs including BRACE New Music Choir, De Profundis, and Red Shift. He directs the First United Methodist Church 3-5 grade Children’s Choir and performs with the handbell ensemble, Woodland Ringers. He is an active choral clinician and adjudicator, was selected as a charter member of the Louisiana Music Adjudicators Association, and currently serves as their Board of Directors Vocal Vice President.
Bowers’ research focuses on choral program (re)building, school-university partnerships, multicultural music education, and culturally relevant pedagogies. He is published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, and the Journal of Voice. He has presented at the National Association for Music Educators Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, the Louisiana Music Educators Association Conference, the American Choral Directors Association Regional and National Conferences, the Symposium for Research in Choral Singing, the Texas Music Educators Clinic/Convention, and the Mid-South Music Education Research Symposium.
Prior to joining the faculty at Louisiana State University, Jason taught in public schools in the Houston and Baton Rouge areas for nine years, focusing primarily on secondary choral music education. He was named 2008-2009 Zachary High School Teacher of the Year and 2011 Baton Rouge Symphony Music Teacher of the Year. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education (BME), a Master of Music in choral conducting (MM), and a Doctor of Philosophy in music education (PhD) from Louisiana State University.