Darhyl S. Ramsey is a professor of music in the Division of Music Education at the University of North Texas College of Music.


Ramsey earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Carson-Newman College and his Masters and Ph.D. in Music Education are from University of Iowa.[1]


His teaching experiences include public school in Virginia; university teaching at Pennsylvania State University, where he was the Assistant Director of the Penn State Blue Band; and teaching at the University of Texas at San Antonio. At UNT he teaches instrumental methods and numerous graduate courses including history of music education, African American music, principles of music learning, contemporary trends in music education, and psychology of music. He administers the master of music education program and is chair of numerous dissertations.

He has written numerous articles and performed presentations throughout the country and at several international conferences. He has also adjudicated bands in Texas and throughout the country. He is a member of MENC, TMEA, Kappa Kappa Psi and served as the National President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity from 2000-2003.[1]

Ramsey helped to start the Start Up the Band project in 1999. The project aims to change the lives of disadvantaged children by supplying them with musical instruments and tuition.[2]


Ramsey is co-author of Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band. This book includes analyses of fifty-three Grade 1 works, breaking each piece down into Entry Level, Intermediate Level, and Advanced Level repertoire categories. Each analysis includes information about the composer, the composition, historical background, technical requirements, stylistic considerations, form and structure, and suggested recordings and references. Ramsey was joined by other world leaders in beginning band education to provide compelling insights on the critical issues facing early band conductors today, including teaching philosophies, establishing goals and objectives, recruitment, the rehearsal, technology, and selecting good music.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Faculty". Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  2. ^ Jenna Cairney (2004-11-12). "The gift of music". Retrieved 2007-10-13. [permanent dead link]