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About Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass

Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass is professor and coordinator of music theory in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory, aural skills, songwriting and pedagogy.  

An accomplished opera singer, Snodgrass developed a love for opera at the age of 7, when she borrowed a collection of opera music from her local library. Her parents, amateur folk singers, encouraged her interest by enlisting a teacher who introduced her to the languages and stories of opera. A vocal cord strain in college, however, sidelined her singing temporarily and while recovering she discovered a love of tutoring. “I discovered how much I loved teaching and realized I could make a difference in the lives of students,” she said.

She is currently the co-chair of the national Student Advisory Board for the College Music Society and continues to serve the society on both the national and regional level in several capacities including the chair of the 2019 national program committee. She most recently was named the assistant director of the Gail Boyd de Stwolinksi Center for Theory Pedagogy and continues to serve as an editor for the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. Snodgrass serves as the coordinator for the International Pedagogy into Practice Conference and continues to speak around the country about curriculum reform and development.

Areas of Expertise
Music theory
Computer-assisted music instruction
Consultant for college and university music divisions
Development of specific pedagogies for teaching students enrolled in music industry and music business programs


Present Professor and Coordinator, Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music

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Honors and Awards

  • National DyKnow Educator of the Month, Dyknow 2009
  • Plemmons Leadership Medallion, 2010
  • Outstanding Professor Award from the Appalachian Student Government Association, 2016
  • Hayes School of Music Outstanding Teaching Award, 2008
  • College Music Society Innovations in Technology and Teaching Award, 2012
  • Official quarter finalist for the Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award, 2017, 2018
  • UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020


  • MUS 1008 Aural Skills II
  • MUS 1007 Aural Skills I
  • MUS 1001 Music Theory I


2002 Ph.D., University of Maryland ‐ Computer-assisted instruction and pedagogy
B.M., Meredith College ‐ Vocal performance
M.M., University of Tennessee ‐ Music theory

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