Dr. Jennifer Vannatta-Hall
Assistant Professor, Music Education
Jennifer Vannatta-Hall received a Bachelor of Music degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1998. She taught pre-K through 8 general music and directed choirs in Rutherford County for two years. She then served as middle school choral director for the next three years in Franklin Special School District, where she conducted choirs and directed the drama program for 5th-8th graders. She also served as associate director of the Tennessee Choral Academy, conducting five choirs ranging in age from eight to eighteen.
After teaching in the public schools for five years, Vannatta-Hall returned to MTSU and graduated with a Master of Arts in Music Education in 2004. She was hired as full-time faculty for the MTSU School of Music for the 2004-2005 school year, where she taught music methods courses and conducted the MTSU Women's Chorale. She then completed her doctoral coursework in music education at the University of Illinois and graduated with a Doctor of Education degree in August 2010. She is certified through the master level of the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education as well as the Smithsonian Institute's World Music Pedagogy. She also serves as secretary/treasurer of the Middle Tennessee Association for Kodály Educators (MTAKE).
Vannatta-Hall has conducted numerous choral festivals throughout middle Tennessee. Her research interests include music psychology, early childhood music teacher education, and problem-based learning. She also serves as Director of Music at First Christian Church in Shelbyville, TN. She and her husband Scott make their home in Murfreesboro with their son, Preston.