Faculty & Staff

B.M.E., Butler University; M.M. Wind Conducting, University of Minnesota; M.A. Music Education, University of Minnesota; D.M.A. Music Education, University of Georgia

Jocelyn Stevens Prendergast, Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education at Truman State, teaches Conducting, Research in Music Education, and the Music Management of Instruction courses. She also supervises intern teachers, oversees the Music Masters of Arts in Education program, and serves as the faculty advisor for the Truman State collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education. She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Butler University, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting and a Master or Arts in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Her primary conducting teachers have been Robert Grechesky, Henry Leck, Stanley Derusha, Craig Kirchhoff, and John Lynch. 

Dr. Prendergast’s preK-12 teaching experiences have been rich and varied. She taught for four years at University High School of Indiana, a private, non-sectarian high school in Indianapolis, IN, where she was a founding faculty member. At University High School she taught instrumental (winds and strings) and vocal performing ensembles, music theory, and percussion ensemble, as well as January Term courses. She taught public middle school and high school band and general music for three years in Wayzata, Minnesota, where she also taught middle school jazz bands and jazz combos and served as the musical director for middle school musicals. During her time in Georgia, Dr. Prendergast mentored undergraduate music education majors teaching in an after school band program for 4th and 5th grade students in the Athens-Clarke County Schools.  In addition to her courses at Truman State, she enjoys teaching music to 2-5 year olds at the Kirksville Child Development Center in Kirksville, MO.

Dr. Prendergast’s research interests include pre-service music teacher education, mentoring, and personality. She maintains professional memberships in the American Education Research Association, Society for Music Teacher Education, and National Association for Music Education, among others.