Devan Moore

Devan Moore

"Learn yourself while learning your craft"

College: Music
Degree Program: Music Education
Degree: Doctorate

Video Credit: Honorine Rouiller

Why FSU?

As a Tallahassee native, I am fortunate to have had access to two amazing universities that have produced distinguished members in my profession. I was able to cultivate relationships with the professors and desired to learn more from them as their student. The thought of having the opportunity to interact with the highly talented undergraduate students was a huge draw, as I knew it would require me to be the best educator I could be to make sure I added to their experience.

Motivation to pursue graduate degree?

I was motivated to pursue a graduate degree because I had a true desire to impact the next generation of music educators. I wanted to have the credentials to be able to pursue a career in higher education as a college band director.

Importance of research and work

My research is deeply personal to my experience in the profession of Music Education. It is focused on telling the narratives of the lived experiences of Black female band directors. This demographic has been neglected in the literature surrounding music education and specifically instrumental music education. This research is my attempt at sharing the stories of these women and providing future Black female band directors with the resources to navigate the profession of music education without feeling isolated from their peers.

Career aspirations

I would like to obtain employment as the athletic band director at a university and develop an ensemble that is recognized regionally and nationally. I would also like to maintain an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator. I would also like to continue adding to the body of literature surrounding the lived experiences of Black females in music education.

Advice for prospective graduate students

Have an idea of what you want to get out of the program and work everyday to make sure you are working toward that goal. Graduate school is not only a place to learn about your course materials, but also a time for you to learn about yourself.

Accomplishments during graduate career

I am currently a graduate assistant in the College of Music, where my duties include teaching music education course, being an associate conductor for all of the large ensembles, and working with the world renowned Marching Chiefs. I am a part of the inaugural class of the Future of Music Faculty Fellowship sponsored by Cleveland Institute of Music.