Michelle L. Bade

Assistant Professor of Music Education; Summer Graduate Program Coordinator

Michelle Bade, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Summer Graduate Studies, joined the faculty of Anderson University in the fall of 2021. Prior to her appointment at the University, she spent twenty-six years teaching instrumental, vocal, and general music in the states of Ohio, Oklahoma, and Indiana. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Mount Union and received both a Master of Music Education and a Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Oklahoma. Michelle has been awarded as a three-time Quarterfinalist for the Grammy Museum Music Educator Award, as well as the Grammy Recording Academy and Museum Music Educator Legacy Award and she was a candidate finalist for the Indiana State Teacher of the Year. Michelle received the IU Armstrong Educator Award and has received multiple teaching awards from the Ball Brothers Foundation; the Muncie Mayor’s Arts Advocacy Award; as well as numerous “Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards” from schools in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Indiana.

Michelle’s primary teaching responsibilities currently include: Introduction to Music Education; Elementary Music Methods; Secondary Music Methods; Teaching Methods in Public Schools, and Teaching Preparation and Supervision. Michelle’s students have been selected as featured performances for Arts Advocacy events multiple times at the Indiana Statehouse, Mayors Arts Awards, Mike Pence tour, Inaugural Inductions, State of the City Addresses, as the featured ensemble with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Ball State University Centennial Celebration, Orchestra Indiana, and many other community celebrations and events. She continues to serve on the board for the Indiana Music Education Association, and/or similarly affiliated with the National Association for Music Education and is an active member of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and other professional organizations. Michelle’s research interests include the impact of policy on music education; state and national music education standards; and integrating music literacy instruction. Michelle volunteers her time with her church and many other community organizations.