Cheryl Bates is the Assistant Professor of Elementary Music Education at Henderson State University. She is nearing candidacy for a PhD in Music Theory at the University of North Texas where she was awarded, by audition, a three-year Teaching Fellowship in Aural Skills. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory at the University of Oklahoma and was a recipient of a four-year piano scholarship. Cheryl received an M.M. and D.M.A. in Music Education at the University of Houston. She taught at UH as a Teaching Fellow and later as an Affiliate Artist. She is a state certified music educator and has taught all levels of music – elementary, secondary choir, and higher education. Teaching music is her passion and her raison d’etre.
Previously, Dr. Bates was Professor of Music and the Music Program Director at Lone Star College where she authored grant awards in excess of $50,000. She has served in leadership positions for the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association and presented papers at state (TMEA), regional (College Music Society), and numerous national music conferences. Her research interests include analysis of new opera and film music, aural skills pedagogy, music cognition and perception, music teacher training, and interdisciplinary research.