Mary Ellen Cavitt

Department of School of Music

Asst. Professor, Horn


Contact

Mary Ellen Cavitt
Fine Arts
Phone: 830-372-6015

EMAIL


Education

Ph.D. in Music Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 1998

M.M. in Music, The Juilliard School, 1984

B.M. in Music, The Juilliard School, 1984

Graduate, Harvard University Graduate College of Education, Management Development Program, Cambridge, Mass., 2013

Texas All-Level Music Teaching Certification, The University of North Texas, 1985

Professional Experience

  • Band Clinic Kealing Middle School, Austin, Texas, November, 2013.
  • Consultation, Kelly Lane Middle School, Pflugerville, Texas, October, 2013.
  • Band Clinic, Ridgeview Middle School, Round Rock, Texas March, 2013.
  • Texas Music Festivals Pre-UIL Competition, Performing Arts Center, Kyle, Texas, February, 2013.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for Leander ISD Middle Schools, Leander High School, Leander, Texas, February, 2013.
  • Band Clinics, Chapa Middle School, Hays CISD, Kyle, Texas, January 15, 22, 29, 2013.
  • Band Clinic, Peterson Middle School, Kerrville ISD, Kerrville, Texas, November, 2012.
  • Band Clinic, Sterling High School Band at Texas State University, March, 2012.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for Reagan High School Cluster Middle School Bands, San Antonio, Texas, March 2012.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for Smithson Valley High School, Spring Branch, Texas, March, 2012.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for New Braunfels ISD Middle Schools, New Braunfels High School, New Braunfels, Texas, February, 2012.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for Hays Consolidated ISD, Hays Performing Arts Center, Kyle, Texas, Febraury, 2012.
  • Band Clinic, New Braunfels Middle School, New Braunfels ISD, New Braunfels, Texas, February, 2012.
  • Band Clinic, Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, Austin, Texas, February, 2012.
  • Band Clinic, Chapa Middle School, Hays CISD, Kyle, Texas, January and February, 2012.
  • Band Clinic, Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, Austin, Texas, January, 2012.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for McAllen ISD Middle Schools, McAllen, Texas, March, 2011.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for North East ISD High Schools, Johnson High School, San Antonio, Texas, March, 2011.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for Comal ISD Middle Schools, Smithson Valley High School, Spring Branch, Texas, March, 2011.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for Judson High School, Judson ISD, Converse, Texas, March, 2011.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for New Braunfels ISD Middle Schools, New Braunfels, Texas, March, 2011.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for North East ISD Middle Schools, San Antonio, Texas, March, 2011.
  • Band Clinic, McAllen High School, McAllen ISD, McAllen, Texas, March, 2011.
  • Band Clinic, New Braunfels Middle School, New Braunfels ISD, New Braunfels, Texas, February, 2011.
  • Band Clinic, Akins High School, Austin ISD, Austin, Texas, February, 2011.
  • Band Clinic, Kitty Hawk Middle School, Judson ISD, Universal City, Texas, February 3 & 24, 2011.
  • Band Clinic, Chapa Middle School, Hays CISD, Kyle, Texas, January, 2011.
  • Band Clinic, Henry Middle School, Leander ISD, Cedar Park, Texas, October, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Chapa Middle School, Hays CISD, Kyle, Texas, October, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Anson Jones Middle School Band, Northside ISD, San Antonio, Texas, April, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Goodnight Middle School Band, San Marcos Consolidated ISD, San Marcos, Texas, April, 2010.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for New Braunfels ISD Middle Schools, New Braunfels ISD, New Braunfels, Texas, March, 2010.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for New Braunfels High School Band, New Braunfels Independent School District, New Braunfels, Texas, March, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Canyon Middle School Band, Comal Independent School District, New Braunfels, Texas, March, 2010.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for Canyon High School, Comal Independent School District, New Braunfels, Texas, March, 2010.
  • French Horn Masterclass, New Braunfels Middle School Band, New Braunfels Independent School District, New Braunfels, Texas, March, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Kitty Hawk Middle School Band, Judson Independent School District, Universal City, Texas, March, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Kirby Middle School Band, Judson Independent School District, Kirby, Texas, March, 2010.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for Judson Independent School District Bands, Universal City, Texas, March, 2010.
  • Pre-UIL Band Clinic for North East Independent School District Bands, San Antonio, Texas, March, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, New Braunfels Middle School Band, New Braunfels Independent School District, New Braunfels, Texas, March, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Canyon Middle School Band, Comal Independent School District, New Braunfels, Texas, March, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Covington Middle School Band, Austin Independent School District, Austin, Texas, February, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Kitty Hawk Middle School Band, Judson Independent School District, Universal City, Texas, February, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Mountain Valley Middle School Band, Comal Independent School District, Canyon Lake, Texas, February, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, Paredes Middle School Band, Austin Independent School District, Austin, Texas, February, 2010.
  • Band Clinic, La Vernia Middle and High School Bands, La Vernia Independent School District, La Vernia, Texas, February, 2010.
  • Consultation, Judson High School Band, Judson Independent School District, Converse, Texas, January, 2010.

Recognitions

  • Favorite Professor Award (for Graduate Inductees), Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter, Texas State University, October, 2013.
  • Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas State University, August, 2012.
  • Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Texas State University, 2012.
  • Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State University Alumni Association, 2011.
  • Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Texas State University, 2011.
  • Friends of Fine Arts and Communication Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity, Texas State University, 2011.
  • Favorite Professor Award (for Undergraduate Inductees), Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter, Texas State University, March, 2011.
  • College Achievement Award for Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University, 2010.

Publications

Books:

Cavitt, M.E. (2012). On Teaching Band: Notes from Eddie Green. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Publications.

Chapters in Books:

Cavitt, M.E. (2013). Integrating multicultural education into an instrumental music teacher preparation course. In P. J. Larke and S. Mayo (Eds.), Integrating Multiculturalism in the Curriculum:From the Liberal Arts to the Sciences (pp. 155-166). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Cavitt, M.E. (2010). Cultural identities of composers represented in a state prescribed concert band repertoire list. In M. Moore (Ed.), Kaleidoscope of Cultures: A Celebration of Multicultural Research and Practice: Proceedings of the MENC/University of Tennessee National Symposium on Multicultural Music (pp. 17-21). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Performances & Commissioned Work

Conducting:

Region 11 Honor Band, Texas Music Educators Association, Medina Valley High School, Castroville, Texas, January, 2014

Region 8 Honor Band, Texas Music Educators Association, Belton High School, Belton, Texas, November, 2013.

Grand Prairie All-City Band, Grand Prairie, Texas, January, 2013.

Region 12 5A High School Honor Band, Texas Music Educators Association, Judson High School, Converse, Texas, January, 2013.

Region 26 Honor Band, Texas Music Educators Association, Leander High School, Leander, Texas, December, 2012.

Region 11 Honor Band, Texas Music Educators Association, Stevens, High School, San Antonio, Texas, January, 2011.

Region 14 Honor Band, Texas Music Educators Association, Laredo, Texas, January, 2010.

Presentations

Professional Organizations (International, Refereed)

“Understanding Chord Tuning, Balance, and Intonation” (with Prof. Beth Bronk). The Midwest Clinic, International Band and Orchestra Conference, Chicago, Illinois, December, 2013.

“Sensory Consonance, Just Intonation, and Tuning Your Instrumental Ensemble” (with Prof. Beth Bronk).The College Music Society 2013 International Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June, 2013.

“A Comparison of Intonation Curricula for Instrumental Wind Ensemble Pedagogy” (with Prof. Beth Bronk).Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, January, 2013.

“Instrumental Music Rehearsals:Communication in the Intertrial Interval” (with Dr. Caroline Beatty and Prof. Beth Bronk).Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, January, 2012.

Professional Organizations (National, Refereed)

“Standards-Based Assessment Strategies for Music Classrooms” (with Dr. Amy Simmons). National Association for Music Education Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, October, 2013.

“Tuning by Ear with Just Intonation – Practical Applications of the Harmony Director.”Music Educators National Conference Northwest Division, Bellevue, Washington, February, 2011.

Professional Organizations (Texas)

“Step Up Your Game with a Graduate Degree in Music”, Texas Music Educators Association, San Antonio, Texas, February, 2012.

“Better Tone and Intonation for Improved Ensembles —Applications of the Yamaha Harmony Director” (with Beth Bronk), Texas Bandmasters Association, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, January, 2012.

“Better Tone and Intonation for Improved Ensembles — Applications of theYamaha Harmony Director” (with Beth Bronk), Texas Bandmasters Association, Paschal High School, Fort Worth, Texas, October, 2011.

“It’s Just Intonation!Tuning by Ear with the Yamaha Harmony Director” Session 1 & 2 (with Beth Bronk), Texas Bandmasters Association, San Antonio, Texas, July, 2011.

“Tuning Your Band by Ear with the Yamaha Harmony Director HD-200” (with Beth Bronk).Texas Music Educators Association, San Antonio, Texas, February, 2011.

“Developing the Best Sound and Intonation in the Band Rehearsal” (with Beth Bronk).Texas Bandmasters Professional Development Clinic, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, January, 2011.

“Toning and Tuning in the Band Rehearsal.”Texas Bandmasters Professional Development Clinic, Brandeis High School, San Antonio, Texas, October, 2010.

“Beyond What they Teach you in College about Band Directing” (with Jeffrey Keyes and Rachael Reinhard).Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/Clinic, July, 2010.

“Understanding the Nuts and Bolts of the Music Budget.”Texas Music Educators Association, San Antonio, Texas, February, 2010.

“Teaching and Assessing Brass Tone Quality.” Texas Music Educators Association, San Antonio, Texas, February, 2010.

Grants

Cavitt (2013-14). A Comparison of Expert and Novice Error Correction Task Persistence within Instrumental Music Rehearsals. Texas State Research Enhancement Program Grant.