Author Bio

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Brian N. Weidner is the assistant professor of instrumental music education at Butler University. He holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Additionally, he holds an M.M. Music Education from Northern Illinois University, a M.Ed. School Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University, and a B.M.E. Music Education/B.A. English from Illinois State University.  He is also a National Board certified teacher and was recognized as Indiana Collegiate Educator of the Year in 2023.

Before coming to Butler, he was a lecturer in the music and education departments at Lake Forest (IL) College. Previously, he taught at McHenry (IL) High School for 12 years, serving as its Fine Arts Coordinator, Director of Bands, and Music Theory Instructor, and is a National Board-certified teacher.

He has published articles in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Psychology of Music, and multiple state and local journals, is one of the editors of Disruption in Music Education (Routledge), and was a contributing author of a chapter in The Music and Literacy Connection. He has presented nationally and internationally at conferences including National Association for Music Education, International Society for Music Education, Research In Music Education (UK), Society for Music Teacher Education, College Music Society, and Colloquium for Instrumental Music Teacher Education. His academic interests include investigating the relationship between music and literacy, the development of independent musicianship through large ensemble instruction, and the use of disruption in self-replicating cycles in teacher education.

Dr. Weidner is a member of the College Music Society Music Education Council, the chair of the Indiana Society for Music Teacher Education and a board member of the Indiana Music Education Association. He serves as the facilitator for the Critical Examination of the Curriculum ASPA of the Society for Music Teacher Education. He also serves on the advisory committees for the Music Educators Journal and Paedagogia: Teacher Action Research.

At Butler University, he teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate music education program, including Brass Techniques.

Dr. Weidner can be reached at


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