Dr. Susan Creasap, Professor, Bands / Music Education
Bio "I love the balanced music education curriculum. Not only is it designed to develop great teachers but the degree can be completed in four years and 100% of our annual BME graduates find jobs in the field of education. Great faculty, great students, four years of study, and a job at the end--what’s not to love?"
Susan D. Creasap is Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands at Morehead State University. She is the Director of the University Marching Band, Concert Band and teaches courses in music education. Creasap earned her Doctor of Arts in Wind Band Conducting from Ball State University, Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has taught elementary band, orchestra, and general music in the public schools of Meadville, Pennsylvania, high school and junior high school band in Memphis, Tennessee, horn at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and served as Director of Bands at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Her bands have won national awards, performed at state conferences, and have been recognized for their outstanding musicianship.
Dr. Creasap is a Research Associate for all volumes of the acclaimed Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band series. Her numerous presentations at state and national conferences include the Kentucky Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and The Midwest Clinic, an international conference held annually in Chicago, IL. She is in demand as a guest conductor at the national, state, regional, and local levels. In 2008 the Indiana Bandmasters Association established an Indiana All-State Junior High Band, Dr. Creasap was honored to be chosen as the first conductor of the new all-state ensemble. Dr. Creasap is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Kentucky Music Educators Association 2004 College/University Teacher of the Year, the National Band Association "Citation of Excellence,” the Tennessee Bandmasters Association "Award of Excellence," and was awarded the Women Band Directors International "Silver Baton" for having bands of a high performance level and for her outstanding contributions to the improvement of bands in America. Ball State University School of Music selected her dissertation, “American Women Composers of Band Music: A Bibliography and Catalog of Works,” as its outstanding dissertation of 1996. Morehead State University honored her with its “Community Engagement Award” (2006) for her work with STAR, Saving the Animals of Rowan. Creasap serves as the Music Education Chair and was elected as Member-at-Large for the National Band Association, College/University Chair for the Kentucky Music Educators Association, President of Women Band Directors International Foundation, a Past President of the Women Band Directors International, John Philip Sousa Foundation Jury Committee for the Sudler Flag, and has held numerous other national, regional, state, and district positions. Dr. Creasap holds professional memberships in College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Phi Beta Mu, Delta Omicron, Pi Kappa Lambda, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Dr. Creasap is active throughout the United States as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.