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Mary Dave  Blackman 

Instrumental Music Education


Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education

Dr. Mary Dave Blackman has been on the music faculty at East Tennessee State University since 1997 and teaches elementary music methods, introduction to music (online and "live"), and supervises music education students during their residency. She has more than 90 video lectures on ETSU's YouTube channel as part of our MOOC program. She also teaches basic cooking classes for ETSU residence hall students through the Kitchen Possible program. Dr. Blackman started her music career playing the piano, then turned to trumpet in middle school. A very wise band director converted her to French horn in her junior year of high school, and she has enjoyed her career on the instrument. She is assistant principal in the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and is a charter member and Solo Eb Horn player with the Brass Band of Appalachia. A graduate of the University of South Carolina (B.A., M.M.Ed.) and the University of Texas (Ph.D.), she has served the profession in a variety of capacities, including a term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Music and serving as editor of the Utah Music Educators and Tennessee Music Educators journals. She is the author of An Introduction to Art Music, an eBook published by Kendall Hunt, writes educational materials for the Johnson City Symphony's children's concerts, and provides program notes for all other JCSO concerts. She enjoys playing golf, bird watching and travel. She is studying German, as she also teaches in the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) Germany program.

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