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Faculty and Staff

Vanissa B. Murphy

Dr. Vanissa B. Murphy

Professor of Music
Chair of the Music & Theatre Arts Department

Ph.D., Universityof North Texas
M.M., University of Kentucky
B.M., Middle Tennessee State University

Academic Areas: general music methods, student teacher supervision, folk and traditional music in the U.S., class piano

Dr. Vanissa B. Murphy
156 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715/836-4954

Vanissa Murphy is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music and Theatre Arts Department at UW-Eau Claire. She received her Ph.D. in music education, with emphasis in elementary music education and piano pedagogy, from the University of North Texas and has a Master's and Bachelor's degree in piano performance. Dr. Murphy’s research projects regarding music and emotions, interdisciplinary lessons in general music, teacher recruitment and retention, as well as in reflective inquiry in action research projects resulted in publications and presentations at National MENC Conferences, Wisconsin Music Educators Conferences and the Innovations in Music Teacher Education Symposium. Dr. Murphy has served as the MENC North Central Division CMENC Chair, the Chair of the Wisconsin Society for Music Edcation, and currently serves as the Mentoring Project Coordinator on the state council for WMEA.

Vanissa Murphy was selected as the 10th recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2008. The award, created in honor of Maxwell Schoenfeld, a UW-Eau Claire history professor and scholar from 1964 until his death in 1996, recognizes a commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to student learning and life.

Courses taught:

  • MUSI 104, 106 Class Piano
  • MUSI 111 Folk and Traditional Music in the U.S.
  • MUSI 310 Principles, Practices, and Practicum in General Music PreK-9
  • MUSI 340/540 Music Fundamentals & Methods in the Elementary School
  • MUED 318 Music as Content
  • MUED 487 Student Teacher Supervision