Faculty & Staff

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

Jocelyn Stevens Prendergast, Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at Truman State, teaches Conducting, Research in Music, Music Management of Instruction, Foundations of Education, the Music Psychology section of Self & Society Seminar, and the Hip-Hop section of Perspectives in Music. 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.

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 and was the music director for musicals. 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. In Kirksville, she has taught preschool music at the Kirksville Childhood Development Center and is involved in directing and performing in community theatre. She also coaches and serves on the board of directors for the local soccer club, the Northern Missouri Futbol Club (NMFC).

Dr. Prendergast’s research interests include pre-service music teacher education, mentoring, music curriculum, popular music, and rural music education. She maintains professional memberships in the Society for Music Teacher Education, Association for Popular Music Education, National Association for Music Education, and International Society for Music Education, among others. She is on the editorial board of the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, is one of two facilitators for the Society for Music Teacher Education Areas for Strategic Planning and Action (ASPA) dedicated to a Critical Examination of the Curriculum, and serves on the National Association for Music Education Innovations Council.