Texas Tech University

Blair Williams

Associate Professor of Music Education / Director of the TTU String Project

Email: blair.williams@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-2992

Office: School of Music, Room 247

Blair Williams

Dr. Blair A. Williams (PhD, The Ohio State University, MM, Kansas State University, BME, Baylor University) is an Associate Professor of Music Education (strings) in the School of Music at Texas Tech University. Her duties at Texas Tech include advising graduate dissertations and theses, supervising string/orchestra student teachers, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and conducting, and directing the national award-winning Texas Tech University String Project.

During the summers, Dr. Williams is active with the TTU Summer Masters of Music Education program and the TTU Band and Orchestra Camps.

Additionally, she serves on the editorial board for American String Teacher, as Chair for the ASTA National Conference Committee, as Member-At-Large on the National String Project Consortium Executive Board, as Co-Facilitator for the Teacher Recruitment ASPA for the Society of Music Teacher Educators, as the TMEA Region 16 College Chair, as Student Chapter Chair for TexASTA, and as an advisor to the Epsilon Pi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon and the TTU Student Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Dr. Williams has been accepted or has presented clinics and/or research at international, national, and regional conferences and symposia including: International Society for Music Education World Conference, NAfME: Biennial Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, NAfME: Society for Music Teacher Education, NAfME: National In-Service Conference, American String Teachers Association, the Ohio State String Teacher Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors (Headliner Clinician – 2019), Montana Music Educators Association (Headliner Clinician – 2021), Florida Music Educators Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, and Kansas Music Educators Association. Her research interests include: rural string music education, music teacher education, secondary music teaching, and music teacher recruitment. She is published in Journal of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, American String Teacher, SmartMusic, and in volume 4 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra.

Conducting and clinician engagements have included: youth, regional, and all-city ensembles in Alaska, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, and Oregon; Graduate Conductor/Section Coach-Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, Chamber Strings; Graduate Conductor-Kansas State Orchestra; Assistant Director/Administrator of the Gold Orchestra (Manhattan, KS) including an invited performance at The Midwest Clinic in 2010; and Associate Director/String Coordinator of the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She is the co-creator and conductor of the Lubbock Civic Orchestra and an active adjudicator and clinician including school, state, and national events.

Dr. Williams and her students have been honored to receive the following awards, recognitions, and grants:

  • 2021 – Dr. Williams, ASTA Presidential Award for Outstanding Service
  • 2021 – TTU ASTA Student Chapter, ASTA Most Improved Student Chapter Award
  • 2021 – Anna Kim (undergraduate student in violin performance and music education), ASTA Outstanding Student Service Award
  • 2021 – TTU ASTA Student Chapter, Core Values Grant from the TTU Center for Campus Life (funding used to attend the 2021 Virtual ASTA National Conference)
  • 2020 – TTU String Project, ASTA Outstanding NSPC String Project of the Year
  • 2020 – Kenneth Vance Nelson (undergraduate student in music education), Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (funding used to travel to TMEA to present research)
  • 2019 – TTU ASTA Student Chapter, Core Values Grant from the TTU Center for Campus Life (funding used to attend the 2019 ASTA National Conference)
  • 2019 – Dr. Williams, TTU Teaching Academy
  • 2019 – Dr. Williams, TTU Institute for Inclusive Excellence Fellow (TTU Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center)
  • 2019 – Dr. Williams, Raider Who Rock – Pursuit of Excellence Award
  • 2017 – Dr. Williams, Teacher Mentoring through Peer Observation (TeMPO) Fellow
  • 2017 – Dr. Williams, Who's Who in Fine Arts Higher Education (AcademicKeys)
  • 2017 – Dr. Williams, Service Learning Faculty Fellow

After earning her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor, Dr. Williams served as Director and Associate Director of Orchestras in Midway ISD, Waco, TX teaching grades 5-12. While teaching in Texas, Dr. Williams' ensembles (string and full) consistently received superior ratings and sweepstakes awards at UIL Solo and Ensemble, UIL Large Group Contest, and other festivals. In 2009, she founded the Midway High School chapter of Texas Future Music Educators with 20 students. Dr. Williams greatly enjoys working with public school students as a guest adjudicator, clinician, and conductor.

She is a member of ISME, ASTA, NAfME, TMEA, Pi Kappa Lambda, CMS, and Mu Phi Epsilon