Educational Advisory Board

Music education is a broad field that changes quickly. New teaching tools, ideas and technologies are constantly being developed and refined. New repertoire is introduced daily. The Musicologie Educational Advisory Board keeps us at the cutting edge of new research and curriculum.

Our board is made up of teachers, musicians and education professionals from around the country. They give feedback on curriculum development, advise on the Musicologie Teacher Certification, report on new pedagogy, and inform our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. The board is a core part of our strategic vision for driving music education forward.

Board Members

Justin T. Swain, M.M., M.A.

Advisory Board President

Justin T. Swain is Senior Teacher of Voice & Piano and owner of Musicologie Lewis Center. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Voice at Ohio University where he teaches applied voice to the BFA Musical Theatre students. Justin is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy where he was awarded “Most Outstanding Graduate Associate”. Justin served for two years as the vocal performance administrative assistant and taught applied voice as a graduate teaching associate within the OSU School of Music working with music majors and contemporary voice students.

Justin holds affiliations and memberships with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Black Classical Music Educators (BCME), Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA), the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program (RCM), the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), Estill International, and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society Alpha Rho Chapter.

Kay Barker

Business Liaison

Kay is the Co-founder and Curriculum Director of Musicologie and serves as the liaison between the Advisory Board and the Musicologie leadership team.

Kay graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in vocal performance and psychology and a minor in piano. She has nearly two decades of piano and voice teaching experience with students of all ages and levels.

Kay has toured nationally with folk/pop band Bella Ruse as lead vocalist and keyboardist for 4 years, opening for artists like Sarah McLachlan, Heart, Metric, and Kimya Dawson. Her songs and performances have been heard in commercials, film and television including placements on MTV and Showtime. Performer Magazine called her voice ‘truly unique’.

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