Dr. Rick Stamer



Associate Professor of Music Education (Coordinator)
BM, Hastings College
MM, Arizona State University
PhD of Music Education, University of Northern Colorado


Dr. Stamer’s academic experience includes eight years of public school teaching in Nebraska. Widely respected by his peers in the choral profession for his ability to balance performance expectations and the educational needs of his students; he was recognized as the Outstanding Young Choral Director in Nebraska in 1987. Dr. Stamer’s commitment to improving the quality of music education experiences for choral students throughout the nation led him to pursue and complete a Doctorate in Music Education in 1995. He has served on the music faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington, Utah State University, Central Washington University, and as a visiting faculty member during a summer session of the University of Montana. He currently serves on the music faculty of Northern Arizona University.

At Northern Arizona University, Dr. Stamer serves as Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Music and as Director of Music Education programs. His teaching responsibilities include undergraduate teacher preparation courses for music education majors. In all of his teaching and administrative duties he draws upon his extensive experience working with elementary, middle school and high school students and his knowledge of contemporary trends in undergraduate music education, to provide future and present music educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the classroom.

Articles written by Dr. Stamer have appeared in:

  • Update: Applications of Research in Music Education
  • Journal of Music Teacher Education
  • Music Educators Journal
  • Choral Directors Cookbook
  • Colorado Choral Director
Dr. Stamer has presented educational sessions at:
  • MENC National Convention
  • MENC Northwest Division Convention
  • MENC Eastern Division Convention
  • MENC Southwestern Division Symposium
  • Arizona Music Educators Association Convention
  • Nebraska Music Educators Association Convention
  • Texas Music Educators Association Convention
  • Utah Music Educators Association Convention
  • Colorado Music Educators Association Convention