Dr. Robert E. Henry
Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Curricular Issues
Robert Henry is Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a professor of music education in the School of Music at Texas Tech University. He is a Past-President of the Texas Music Educators Association, and previously served as Vice President of TMEA, Chair of the College Division. He is certified in both Orff and Kodaly teacher education and is actively involved in elementary music education as well as instrumental music education. He holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas where he was awarded the UNT College of Music Outstanding Alumnus award in April of 2002, and received master's and bachelor's degrees in music education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Oklahoma State University respectively. Prior to coming to Texas Tech in 1985, Bob held university teaching positions at North Texas State University in music education and jazz studies while working toward his doctorate and at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was the Director of Instrumental Jazz Studies, Assistant Director of Bands, and an instructor of applied low brass.
Dr. Henry is an active performer as principal bass trombonist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and other regional symphony orchestras. He also performs with a number of touring artists in the Texas South Plains area. Dr. Henry continues an extremely active schedule as a jazz and commercial keyboardist, most notably on the Hammond B-3, with the Texas Tech University Faculty Jazz Quartet and has appeared with numerous artists which include Mel Torme, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Pearl Bailey, Louie Bellson, Doc Severinson, Rita Moreno, Carol Channing, Spyro Gyra, Michael Martin Murphey, The Temptations, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, The Moody Blues, Louise Mandrell, Roy Clark, and Debbie and Pat Boone among others.
Bob is the author of The Jazz Ensemble: A Guide to Technique, published by Prentice-Hall, Inc., and has written a number of articles on music education and jazz-related topics for Music Educators Journal, Jazz Educators Journal, and IAJE Jazz Research Papers among others. He also served as a consultant on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting/Annenberg project "Jazz: Speaking of Life." His presentations at professional meetings include state, national and international forums, and he is frequently asked to be a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the Southwest and Midwest. Additionally, he has written and arranged numerous pieces for concert band, wind ensemble, marching band, band and choir, jazz band, orchestra, and various small ensembles.
Dr. Henry Deals with Undergraduate and Academic Issues Including: