Online Master of Music in Music Education Proudly Represented at this year’s OMEA Conference

student playing trumpet

The Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) Professional Development Conference was earlier this month and music educators from all over the state traveled to Columbus for this three-day conference. OMEA is the third largest Music Education Association conference in the nation with over 8,000 total in attendance.

Kent State University’s Glauser School of Music was proudly represented with four poster presentations by Music Education Ph.D. students, eight presentations, and a performance from our Kent Percussion Ensemble.

The eight presentations were:

  • Research Roundtable by Lisa Heinrich
  • Mixing, Belting, and More: A Hands-On Tutorial to Healthy Musical Theatre Singing by Jay White
  • Communicating with Your Principals about OTES 2.0 by Rachael Fleischaker
  • Remixing Youth/Remixing Culture by Brian Laasko
  • Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble with Bobby Selvaggio
  • Deep Dive into the 2022 Music Standards: 9-12 by David Thompson
  • The Culture and Technology of Hip Hop by Brian Laasko
  • Culturally Responsive Music Education: Possible, Practical, and Prudent by Rachael Fleischaker

The doctoral students who presented research posters were Brian Laakso, Lisa Heinrich, Jacob Gibson, and Martin Ryan. The Glauser School of Music also hosted an Alumni and Friends Reception with over 100 attendees.

Students from the Online Master of Music in Music Education program stopped by the School’s booth in the exhibit hall to meet faculty and their academic advisor. It was wonderful to connect with current students and alumni as well as make new connections and friends.

We hope you enjoy some of the moments captured during this conference.

OMEA presentations and performances


two people smiling in front of Kent State University exhibitor booth at OMEA
Kent State University exhibitor booth at OMEA

Enroll today in the Online Master of Music in Music Education Program at Kent State University

The Online Master of Music degree in Music Education program is designed to offer music teachers the opportunity to develop and refine their professional skills. The degree program allows for enhancement and specialization relative to music teaching and learning in contemporary school contexts.

Kent State University is synonymous with music education. Some of the leading voices in the field have earned a degree here. Our 100% online program can be completed in as few as 23 months. Our curriculum is created for the music teaching professional. Classes are 7 weeks, and you can enroll in two classes per semester, including summer. This format allows you to focus on one area of study and then begin another music education course after a brief recess. We are dedicated to helping you design a program that provides exciting new perspectives in your teaching right from the beginning.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Master of Music in Music Education, visit

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