Division: Music Education
Position: Associate Professor
Office: C-584 HFAC
Brittany Nixon May is an Associate Professor in the School of Music at Brigham Young University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. Before joining the faculty at BYU, Dr. May served as the Beverley T. Sorenson Endowed Graduate Assistant for Elementary Music Education at the University of Utah, where she taught courses in early childhood music education, elementary music education, and arts integration.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. May taught in the Syracuse, New York and Washington, D.C. public schools systems, instructing band, orchestra, chorus, guitar, and general music. From 2009 to 2011, she was recognized as a District of Columbia Public Schools Highly Effective Educator, and she and her elementary music students were invited to perform in the White House for the President and First Lady as part of the Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards.
Dr. May’s research interests include early childhood and elementary music teacher education, education policy, and arts integration. She has presented her research at conferences in the United States and abroad, and has published in the International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Popular Music Education, and General Music Today, among others. She currently serves on the board for the Society of Music Teacher Education (SMTE), as a columnist for the music education journal General Music Today, and as the Western Region Representative of the NAfME Early Childhood Music Special Research Interest Group (ECM SRIG).
PhD, University of Utah
MM, Music Education, Boston University
BA, Music Education, University of Utah