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Shawn Royer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chair of the Department of Music
(317) 955-6649
Steffen Music Center, MB9



Musician, educator, and clinician, Shawn Royer, is Chair of the Department of Music and an Assistant Professor of Music at Marian University where she also directs the jazz ensemble, teaches clarinet, is a University Supervisor, and works with pre-service educator in music. Dr. Royer is as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Artist Clinician.

In 2019, Shawn presented research at Jazz Education Network (JEN) National Conference in Reno and at the International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education in Canada. She co-authored a book review the same year in the Arts Education Policy Review, "A Review of Music Education in an age of Virtuality and Post-Truth," and published "Rehearsing Ensembles Online" in the Music Educators Journal in 2020. In 2021, Royer published "Teaching Jazz by Ear" in the Teaching Music journal. The following year she published "David Baker: The Nexus of Jazz Curriculum and the Civil Rights Movement" in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and her dissertation, "Hoagy Carmichael's Hidden Manuscript: The Discovery of 'Old Glory' for Children's Choir and Chamber Orchestra," through ProQuest and IU ScholarWorks. 

Shawn holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Jazz Studies from the University of Indianapolis and a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the Butler University School of Music. She also earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with an individualized minor in Jazz Pedagogy from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Professor Royer founded and direct the SYO Summer Music Programs, a non-profit organization that offers full symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, chamber ensemble em, handbell choir, and adaptive percussion ensembles to middle school and high school musicians. She is also the Director of the 65th Street Klezmorim and the Swing Shift Indy big band and she maintains an active career performing jazz. 


  • PhD Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 2022
  • MM Butler University School of Music, 2012
  • BM University of Indianapolis, 2008

Courses taught

  • MUL 175/275  Clarinet Applied Lessons
  • MUS 231 Foundations of Jazz Pedagogy for Music Educators
  • EDU 327 Secondary Music Methods
  • MUS 340 Music of World Cultures
  • MUS 107 Jazz Band
  • MUS 170 Woodwind Ensemble
  • MUS 330 Basic Conducting
  • MUS 430 Advanced Conducting
  • MUS 344 Woodwind Teaching Methods


  • President, SYO Summer Music Programs
  • Member, Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Woodwind Manual Revision Committee
  • Yamaha Performing Artist
  • Vandoren Regional Artist
  • Member, Jazz Education Network (JEN)
  • Member, National Association for Music Educators (NAfME)
  • Member, Kappa Delta Pi
  • Member, Pi Kappa Lambda (Delta Zeta Chapter)
  • Member, Musicians Union, Local 3

Research interests / portfolio

  • Historical research in music education
  • LGBTQ+ issues in education
  • Music and arts education policy issues

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