Erin Perez is a Lecturer Professor in the five-year music teacher education program at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of the program, Perez received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Blair School of Music in 2006 and a Masters of Education from Peabody College of Education in 2007. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Education Policy at Peabody College.
Perez teaches courses in music education philosophy, teaching methods and materials, and conducting at the Blair School and serves as an associate conductor of the Vanderbilt Wind Ensembles. Formerly the Director of Bands at Forest Meadow Junior High in Richardson, Texas, she taught beginner and intermediate woodwind, brass, and percussion in addition to conducting both the Concert Band and Symphonic Bands. During her four-year tenure, the ensembles of FMJH received recognition for their consistently high levels of performance at state and regional festivals.
Active as a guest conductor, Perez's performances have included conducting the Dallas Wind Symphony for the RISD Director’s Choice in 2010. She has held active memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Young Educator Seminars at the Meadows School of Arts at Southern Methodist University. She is currently a member of the Tennessee Music Educators Association, the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.