Assistant Professor of Music Education (Vocal)
Melissa Baughman is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Vocal Music Education at the University of Oklahoma where she supervises preservice teachers and instructs undergraduate courses in choral methods, choral conducting, vocal pedagogy, and music appreciation. She enjoys serving as a clinician for public school choral ensembles as well as adjudicating solo and ensemble events for OSSAA and Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs. Prior to joining the faculty at OU, Dr. Baughman instructed music courses at Middle Tennessee State University, served as an adjunct voice instructor at Central Methodist University (MO), was the director of K–12 vocal music in Montpelier, Ohio, and has maintained a thriving voice studio for over a decade.
As a researcher in music education, Melissa has presented at state, national, and international conferences sponsored by professional organizations including the International Society for Music Education (ISME), the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Southwest American Choral Director’s Association (SWACDA), and the Missouri Music Educator’s Association (MMEA). Her research has been published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, the Journal of Singing, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, and Missouri School Music magazine. Her main research interest is the examination of authentic context learning experiences of preservice music educators.
Melissa has extensive solo, choral, musical theater, and opera experience. Performance highlights include singing the soprano solos for Vivaldi’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, and singing at the White House in Washington DC. As a graduate student, Melissa was selected as the winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) voice competitions, and was honored as an Emerging Artist at MU.
Dr. Baughman earned her PhD in music education with an emphasis on vocal pedagogy and choral conducting and a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Missouri. At MU, she served as a graduate assistant in choral and vocal music, and was the first coordinator of the Higday Mozart Outreach concert series. Dr. Baughman also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music and education (magna cum laude) from Bowling Green State University.
- PhD (Music Education) - University of Missouri, 2014
- MM (Vocal Performance) - University of Missouri, 2011
- ME (Classroom Technology) - Bowling Green State University, 2007
- BM (Music Education) - Bowling Green State University, 2003