College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department Chair / Professor / Music Education

Music Education

  • Phone: 260-481-6726
  • Office: Rhinehart Music Center, Room 144
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Dr. Barbara J. Resch, professor of music, became Chair of the Department of Music in July 2013.  Previously she served as Director of Music Education, and as Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts from 2008 to 2013.  She received the B. Mus. in organ performance from Valparaiso University, M.F.A. in musicology from Syracuse University, and D.M.E. from Indiana University.  She is certified in the Kodaly Concept of Music Education (3 levels) and Orff Schulwerk (Levels 1 and 2).

As a full-time faculty member in music education since 1995, Dr. Resch taught a range of courses: foundations of music education, elementary and choral methods, music education for elementary teachers, seminar for student teachers, and Psychology of Music. She has been responsible for several curricular revisions, including initiating and implementing a seminar for first-year music education majors and a course in secondary general methods.  She has been recognized with several teaching awards, and was the first recipient of the IPFW Students’ Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

Dr. Resch’s research interests include teenagers’ contextual decisions about music, implications for music education of brain-based learning, and curriculum development in music education. Her work has been recognized for its elegant blending of research, theory, and practice, and she has presented on these and other topics at state, regional, and national conferences. For 18 years she conducted the renowned children’s choirs at historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne and is recognized nationally for her contributions to Lutheran music education.

She has served the university as a member of the Assessment and First Year Councils and numerous other university and college committees, as a CELT Instructional Fellow, and as a member of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET).  She has served the profession of music education in various roles with the Indiana Music Education Association: as editor of the state journal, chair of Indiana Society for Music Teacher Education, and as President-elect, President, and Past President. As president she participated in music education policy and organizational discussions on the state, regional and national levels and planned professional development for teachers.  She was honored by the Fort Wayne Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2011 for her leadership of the state music education conference, and by the Art Education Association of Indiana in 2010 as “Outstanding Friend of the Arts” for her support of arts education.