BME and MME in Music Education, Auburn University
PhD in Music Education, Florida State University
Dr. Mark A. Belfast Jr. is an assistant professor of music education at Southeastern University. His duties include teaching music education courses, supervising student teachers and directing Southeastern University’s jazz ensemble. Dr. Belfast holds a PhD in music education from Florida State University, where he served as administrator of the Tri-State Band Festival and Conducting Conference; he continues to serve as an assistant director of the Florida State University Summer Music Camps. Dr. Belfast received a Master of Education in music education from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he performed with and served as business manager for the Auburn Knights Orchestra.
Dr. Belfast’s teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate music education courses, as well as directing public school instrumental music programs in Alabama and Georgia. His research interests include teacher effectiveness, performance evaluation procedures, music teacher curriculum and training, perceptions of performance quality, jazz performance and pedagogy, and standards-based music instruction. Dr. Belfast has presented research and educational clinics at multiple regional and national venues, including the NAfME Biennial National Conference, NAfME Northwest Division Conference, Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education and the annual meeting of the Florida Music Educators Association. The results of his research have appeared in the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education and the Florida Music Director. In addition to his roles as a researcher and educator, Dr. Belfast maintains an active agenda as a speaker, clinician and adjudicator across the region.