John Lychner

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John A. Lychner
Professor, Music Education
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School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • M.A., Northeast Missouri State University
  • B.M.E., Northeast Missouri State University

John A. Lychner is Professor of Music in the School of Music at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He teaches classes in Music Education for both undergraduates and graduates and he serves on the faculty of SEMINAR, the WMU School of Music Summer Music Camp.

After receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), Lychner was awarded a Rotary International Foundation Scholarship to continue studies in music and education at the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England. He then taught elementary and middle school band, general music, and choir as well as high school marching band, concert band, and pep band in the Lindbergh School District in St. Louis, Mo.

As part of his continuing studies, Lychner received a Master of Arts from Northeast Missouri State University where he was the principal conductor for the University Concert Band and then went on to complete a Ph.D. at Florida State University in Music Education. While at Florida State, he was a conducting associate with the University Bands and taught courses in Music Education. Additional summer studies were undertaken at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While in Tallahassee, Lychner was also Assistant Director of Bands at Rickards High School and woodwind coach and rehearsal assistant with the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra. During his career, he has also worked as a summer music camp instructor, church organist, and church choir director.

Lychner has served as President, President-Elect, Past-President, and State Collegiate Advisor for the Michigan Music Educators Association (MMEA). As part of his MMEA duties, he also served on both the Planning Committee and the Executive Board of the Michigan Music Conference (MMC). In addition, he has served as faculty advisor for the Collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME—formerly the Music Educators National Conference or MENC) at WMU. He has served as national chair for NAfME’s Learning and Development Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) and as national co-chair for NAfME’s Affective Response SRIG. He was also a member of the Production Staff for the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) annual convention for eleven years.

Lychner is active as a clinician and guest conductor in Michigan and the upper mid-West, and has done clinics, presentations, and guest conducting as far away as California, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Utah, and Central Mexico. His research in the areas of aesthetic response to music and teacher education has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the International Journal of Music Education: Research, and the Journal of Band Research, among others. He has also been published in several volumes of the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and has written articles for the Music Educators Journal, The Michigan Music Educator, and The Instrumentalist.