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Dr. Jim Lyons
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James Lyons comes to Frostburg State University (his alma mater) from a long career in all facets of music education. After receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and piano from Frostburg State College (1976), he earned the Master of Music degree in choral conducting (1981) and the Master of Arts degree in musicology (1983) from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and the Doctor of Education degree in music education (1999) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
From 1988 to 2010, Dr. Lyons taught in the public schools of Urbana, Illinois where, among other duties, he helped to implement an innovative integrated-arts program (music, visual arts, dance/drama) at the elementary level. He also served as a choral director at the high school level, heading up an ambitious madrigal/early music program. Dr. Lyons also served as the founding music director of the Montay Chorale, a college/community choral ensemble in Chicago. Prior appointments include theory and choral work at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Brewer State Junior College in Fayette, Alabama, where he taught music theory and education, as well as directing choral and instrumental ensembles.
Dr. Lyons has also been active as a composer: in addition to piano and vocal compositions, he collaborated with one of his elementary students in 2009 on a piece for piano, clarinet, and soprano: “The Sky Up High.” More recently, he premiered a piano sonata, “Stones Falling Down Like Rain,” in July of 2011 in the Chicago area, as part of a collaboration with visual artist Gabriella Boros.
As a member of the International Society for Music Education ( a UNESCO agency), Dr. Lyons has been active in the field of international and comparative music education. He has attended many ISME World
Conferences, having presented a paper at the Pretoria, South Africa conference. In addition, Dr. Lyons has presented workshops and in-services at schools in Maryland and Chicago, Illinois.
James Lyons is currently an instructor of voice, piano, and art at the Tri-State Community School for the Arts in Cumberland, Maryland, a member of the coaching staff for the FSU swim team, and an adjunct lecture in the FSU Department of Music.