Assistant Professor of Music Education
259 Music and Dramatic Arts Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
Dr. Justin J. West, native of Houston, TX, is an assistant professor of music education at Louisiana State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and music education foundations. He came to LSU from the University of North Texas, where he taught methods courses, supervised student teachers, and held the UNT McNair Scholars Fellowship. An active researcher, Dr. West primarily studies music teacher learning and professional development. His writings are published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Music Teacher Education, General Music Today, and Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (forthcoming). He's a frequent presenter on research and teaching at music education conferences across the U.S., including the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, Texas Choral Directors Association Convention, Desert Skies Symposium on Music Education Research, and the Mid-South Music Education Research Symposium.
Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. West was director of choirs for the Crosby Independent School District, near Houston, TX, where he led the high school choirs, taught AP music theory, and coordinated district-wide choral activities. In 2013, Dr. West was named Rising Star Teacher of the Year and, in 2015, the high school choral program under his leadership earned its first Division I festival ratings since 2001. He remains active as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, professional development provider, and pianist. A lifelong church musician, he has held staff positions with congregations in Texas and Louisiana. From 2015–2018, he served as director of music ministries at Northway Christian Church in Dallas, TX. He's currently pianist and organist at Blackwater United Methodist Church in Central, Louisiana.
Dr. West holds a Ph.D. in music education, with cognate fields in educational research and educational administration, from the University of North Texas, a Master of Arts in music and music education from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, in choral music education from Lamar University. He also has active Texas teacher and principal certifications.