Member Since: 2013
Occupation: McKendree University – Assistant Professor of Music Education, Director of Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.
Mentors/Musical Heroes: Dr. Joseph Parisi (UMKC), Dr. Stephen Parsons (ISU)
Favorite Brass Band Piece: Fire in the Blood and Within Blue Empires – Paul Lovatt-Cooper.
Jennifer A. Moder attended the University of Illinois where she graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Music Education in 2001. After beginning her teaching career as the director of bands at Concordia Lutheran School in Peoria, IL, she earned a Master of Music Education degree from Illinois State University in 2010.
While working on this degree, Moder taught applied trombone and the history of American music at Illinois Central College in Peoria, IL. Moder earned the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education and Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in May, 2013. In addition to teaching music education and research classes at UMKC, Moder also taught music appreciation at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Dr. Moder is currently the assistant professor of music education and director of the concert band and wind ensemble at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. She teaches music education courses and music fundamentals, supervises student teachers, and coaches two brass quintets. Her research areas focus on non-music major participation in college bands, instrument selection, gender bias, and recruitment and retention of trombone players. She currently resides in Lebanon, IL with her dog Wiggles.