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Dr. Patty K. Nelson

Chair, Division of Music
Associate Professor of Music Education

Office Location Raley Chapel, 112
Phone (Office) 405.585.4326

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Dr. Nelson is a life-long music educator working with students from Preschool through Adults. She has taught public school music, private piano and organ lessons in Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Spain. She has worked as a choir director, chlidren's choir coordinator, organist and academy director in churches in Texas and Georgia. She has taught at the university level in Texas, Georgia, and Oklahoma. Patty holds a valid all-level music teaching certificate in Texas and is Orff certified.


  • Baylor University, Waco, TX
    Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Cognate: Music Education - August 2013
    Dissertation: Piano teacher’s beliefs concerning the order of concept introduction in the first year of piano study and how those beliefs align with Jerome Bruner’s learning theory.
  • University of North Texas August 2010 – May 2011
    12 hours of graduate music education courses
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX
    M.M. Church Music - 2006
    Concentration: Music Education
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
    B. A. in Music - 1985
    Areas of Concentration: Piano and Music Education
Additional Certifications
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
    Orff Certification, Levels I, II, and III - 2009
  • University of North Texas, Denton, TX
    Kodaly Level I - 2006
  • State of Texas
    All-Level Teachers Certificate, Music

Subjects Taught

  • Music Education
  • Honors
  • Handbells

Professional Memberships

  • Handbell Association of America: 2021-Present
    Board Member Area 9
  • Oklahoma Music Educators Association
    Member 2018 – Present
  • National Association for Music Education
    Member 2011 - Present

Selected Publications

  • Nelson, P. K. & Rutkwoski, J. (2020) An Action Research Study to Investigate Preservice Music Teachers’ Ability to Assess Children’s Singing Using the Singing Voice Development Measure. In T. S. Brophy & M. Haning, (Eds) Advancing music education through assessment: Honoring culture, diversity, and practice – Selected papers from the 7th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (pp. 315-324). Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Nelson, P. K. (October/November 2019) Children’s Choir Devotionals. The Chorister
  • Nelson, P. K., (April/May 2018) Making Music Every Moment. The Chorister
  • Nelson, P., (2019), Percussion with a Purpose: Psalm 19:1, The Chorister
  • Nelson, P. K., (2015), We Three Kings, The Chorister

Selected Presentations

  • Oboe/Organ Concert with Dr. Rachel Messing, oboe, 2021, Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Clinician, Spring Ring, Handbell Association of America Area 9 Regional clinic, 2022 Southern Hills Baptist Church
  • Nelson P. Assessing the Job Interview, Online video session, International Symposium for Assessment in Music Education, 2021
  • Nelson P & Rutkowski R. An Action Research Study to Investigate Preservice Music Teachers’ Ability to Assess Children’s Singing Using the Singing Voice Development Measure, Poster Session, Symposium for Music Teacher Education, 2019