James Byo

Director of the School of Music

Carl Prince Matthies Memorial Professor of Music Education


James L. Byo is the Carl Prince Matthies Professor and Chair of Music Education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. His research, which appears in major research journals and texts, resides on both sides of the podium—in teacher/conductor error detection and gesture and performer rhythm reading and tuning. He has presented research and lectured in numerous states as well as England, Spain, Japan, Austria, Chile, and Panama. Byo has served as editor of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, chair of the research division of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, editorial committee member of the Journal of Research in Music Education, chair of the Executive Committee of the Society for Research in Music Education, and program evaluator for the National String Project Consortium. He is currently Director of the LSU School of Music

A former public school band and orchestra conductor in Wooster, Ohio, he holds music education and oboe performance degrees from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. from Florida State University in Tallahassee. He studied oboe with Loyal Mould, Eric Ohlsson, and John Mack. For eight seasons he performed professionally with the Youngstown and Wooster Symphony Orchestras. More recently he was conductor of the 80-member Louisiana Junior Youth Orchestra and the LSU Honors Wind Ensemble.

Byo has authored two books, “The Woodwinds: Performing, Understanding, and Teaching” and “The Habits of Musicianship: A Radical Approach to Beginning Band,” the latter co-authored with Bob Duke of The University of Texas at Austin. The Habits of Musicianship was released in the spring of 2007 and is distributed cost-free as a service to music education.

Student Achievements


Kelvin D. Jones, PhD 2016, Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor, Louisiana State University, former

Christine Russell, PhD 2016, Associate Professor Music Education, University of Akron


N. Alan Clark, PhD 2012, Director of Bands & Woodwind Instructor, Middle Georgia State University

Pamela Taylor, PhD 2012, Instructor, Southeastern Louisiana University, former


Amanda Schlegel, PhD 2010, Assistant Professor of Music Education University of South Carolina


Leslie Paige Rose, PhD 2006, Professor of Music Education, Associate Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, University of Central Arkansas


Jeremy Lane, PhD 2004, Director, School of Music, Belmont University


Leigh-Ann Lethco, PhD 1999, Assistant Band Director, Duke University


Jerome Markoch, PhD 1994, Director of Bands, Athens Drive (NC) High School

Ricky Brooks, PhD 1994, Director of Bands, University of Central Arkansas, retired


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Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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