As Associate Professor and Director of Music Education Programs at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy), Dr. Brenda Clark’s responsibilities have included teaching introductory courses in music education, elementary, general, and secondary instrumental methods, music methods for elementary education majors, supervision of pre-student teaching field, student teaching supervision, directing pep band, recruitment, and student advising. As advisor the UIndy Collegiate Chapter of the National Association of Music Education, and Clark’s students have received awards at the local, state and national levels. She was recently selected as the recipient of the 2013 Collegiate Music Educator of the Year Award by the Indiana Music Education Association.
Prior to coming to UIndy, Dr. Clark’s experiences included teaching and administrating all areas and facets of music education including rural, urban, and suburban school settings in central Illinois. She served as Music Coordinator for Decatur Public Schools, a district which became known for its creativity and innovation by piloting the Yamaha MIE Program. Clark was one of two instructors to implement the program in classrooms which were housed in renovated 55 passenger school busses and driven to the school by the instructors.
Dr. Clark served as Worship Director/Leader and Coordinator for several large Nazarene churches in the central Illinois area. This included transitioning congregations from traditional to contemporary worship, accompanying, creating custom music arrangements, and training musicians to serve on worship teams as singers and instrumentalists. At MPCC, Dr. Clark contributes to the Worship & Arts ministry on piano and keyboard, making custom song arrangements, teaching music theory classes, and leading choir rehearsals. She is married to Greg, and has two children; Ashley – 23, and Zachary – 22. In her free time, she enjoys golf, and trying new restaurants, especially when it involves friends and family.