From the Classroom to the Podium: Supporting Aspiring Female Musicians with Jerianne Larson

Alan and Steve talk with educator and researcher Jerianne Larson about empowering female students in music education and addressing barriers facing women pursuing careers as band directors and conductors.

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Jerianne Larson

Jerianne Larson is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the University of North Texas in Denton, where she currently serves as a graduate teaching fellow for the Wind Studies program, assists with Green Brigade Marching Band, teaching conducting courses, and directs the Concert Band. She studies conducting under Professor Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dr. Andrew Trachsel, and Professor Amy Woody.

Ms. Larson began her teaching career in the California Area School District (PA) where she instructed high school and middle school instrumental ensembles. She continued her teaching career at Yough School District (PA) where she directed the high school concert bands and multiple jazz ensembles. During her time at Yough, the concert bands earned consistent Superior ratings at assessment and the top jazz ensemble was invited to perform at the state capitol. During her time in Pennsylvania, Ms. Larson had the privilege of being a guest conductor, performer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Pittsburgh area. She served as region/state coordinator for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and was invited to present “Women in a Band World” at the 2022 PMEA Conference.

Since moving to Texas, Ms. Larson has had the privilege of clinicing in the DFW area and most recently, was invited to present “Empowering and Mentoring the Next Generation of Female Band Directors” at the 2023 Midwest Clinic.

Ms. Larson earned her Master of Music degree in wind conducting from Messiah University (PA), studying under Dr. Bradley Genevro, and her Bachelor of Music in music education degree from Westminster College (PA) where she studied with Dr. R. Tad Greig. Her affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Women Band Directors International, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and Texas Music Educators Association.

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