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  • Senior Lecturer in Music and Human Learning
  • Music and Human Learning Advisor
Office Location: MBE 2.204A
  • Music and Human Learning

EducationPhD, The University of Texas at Austin; MM, The University of Texas at Austin; BM, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Areas Expertise in music teaching; performance motor learning

AboutAmy Simmons is Senior Lecturer in Music and Human Learning at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education. Dr. Simmons’ ongoing research examines the development of expertise in music teaching and performance as well as motor learning.

She currently serves as the Research Chair for the State of Texas with the National Association for Music Education and Chair of the Research Committee for the Texas Music Educators Association. In that role, she coordinates the online journal Texas Music Education Research and the Research Poster Session at the annual TMEA Clinic and Convention. Dr. Simmons served on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Research in Music Education and Texas Music Education Research. Before joining the faculty at UT Austin, she was a band director in the Lewisville Independent School District and performed as a professional oboist with ensembles in Austin and San Antonio. 

Courses EDC 332S Secondary School Subjects: MusicEDC 370S Techniques of Woodwind PerformanceMUS 255F Techniques of Brass PerformanceMUS 255E Research in Music Education I Foundations of Music Education Directed Research

Recent PublicationsSimmons, A. L., Allen, S. E., Cash, C. D., & Duke, R. A. (2019). Effects of early break intervals on musicians’ and nonmusicians’ skill learning. Psychology of Music, 47(1), 83-95.

Parrott, S. M. & Simmons, A. L. (2016). The role of program notes in nonmusicians’ enjoyment of choral music. Texas Music Education Research, 25-36.

Duke, R. A., Allen, S. E., Cash, C. D., & Simmons, A. L. (2015). Practice like a pro. Southwestern Musician, 83(6), 33-37.

Cash, C. D., Allen, S. E., Simmons, A. L., & Duke, R. A. (2014). Effects of model performances on music skill acquisition and overnight memory consolidation. Journal of Research in Music Education, 62, 89-99.