September 1, 2020
Steven Morrison ’86 previously served as professor and chair of music education at the University of Washington, where he taught courses in music education, music psychology, and research methods and conducted the UW Symphonic Band. He also served as director of the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Culture and Learning, investigating neurological responses to music listening, perceptual and performance aspects of pitch-matching and intonation, and use of expressive gesture and modeling in ensemble teaching. His research also includes music preference and the variability of musical responses across diverse cultural contexts.
Morrison’s articles have appeared in Music Educators Journal, Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Music Perception, Frontiers in Psychology, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, Southwestern Musician, and Southern Folklore. He is editor of the Journal of Research in Music Education for which he also served on the editorial board.
Prior to his position at the University of Washington, Morrison served as lecturer of fine arts at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has spoken and presented research throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. An instrumental music specialist, Morrison has taught at the elementary, junior high, and senior high levels in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Louisiana and has conducted and arranged for bands, orchestras, and chamber groups throughout the United States.
Morrison holds a BM from Northwestern University, MM from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD from Louisiana State University.