B.M. Boise State University; M.M. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign; D.M.E.
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
A recent graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Dr. Shawn McNamara
completed his dissertation on the topic of democracy in music education in the fall
of 2019. He has presented his research internationally at the International Society
for the Philosophy of Music Education (2019) as well as being invited to present at
the International Society of Music Education (2020) In addition to his studies in
music education at IU, he pursued a jazz minor and a specialization in early trombone
As a performer Dr. McNamara is interested in early and contemporary trombone performance
and his pedagogy reflects inclusion of a diverse array of musical genres. A freelance
performer he has recently performed with the Peoria Symphony. His trombone studies
have lead him to work with Dr. Linda Pearse (early trombone), Carl Lenthe, Elliot
Chasanov, Jim Pugh, David Mathie, and Cleve Maloon. Dr. McNamara is also on faculty
with Illinois State University in the music education department.