Heather Klossner

Music Education

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Heather Klossner, Music Education


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Eastman School of Music, 2018 
  • M.M., Master of Music, Texas State University, 1994
  • B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, Texas Lutheran University, 1985
  • Orff Schulwerk Level III


Heather Klossner, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Memphis, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and supervises teacher candidates. She also oversees UofM's Master of Music in Orff Schulwerk program and coordinates the Summer Orff Institute Teacher Education Course. Dr. Klossner earned her PhD in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, MM from Texas State University, and BME from Texas Lutheran University.

Before joining the faculty at UofM, Klossner was a graduate teaching assistant in music education at the Eastman School of Music, where she taught music education graduate and undergraduate courses and supervised student teachers. In April, 2016, she was awarded Eastman's prestigious Donald J. Shetler Prize for Excellence in Music Education. Prior to her doctoral studies, Klossner taught K–5 general music for twenty-nine years in Texas, working in suburban and urban areas. Additionally, she was an associate director for the Children's Chorus of San Antonio.

A long-time member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Dr. Klossner is the former President of the Central Texas Orff Chapter of AOSA. She is a frequent clinician and presenter, having presented for the National Association for Music Education, American Orff Schulwerk Association, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the Association for Popular Music Education National, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Choral Directors Association.

Klossner's primary research interests are culturally relevant pedagogy, Orff Schulwerk, and music education in low-income settings. Her dissertation, "A Wildflower Takes Root in Memphis: the Adaptation of Orff Schulwerk to the Memphis, Tennessee School Curriculum," was an historical case study that traced the evolution of a curricular approach as it was introduced, adapted and implemented to an educational community by people of that time and place.