Erin Charles Perez
Lecturer in the Teaching of Music
Erin Perez is a lecturer in the five-year music teacher education program at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of the program herself, Perez received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Blair School of Music in 2006, a Masters of Education in 2007 and a Doctorate of Education in 2014 from Peabody College of Education. Perez teaches various courses such as Music Education Philosophy and serves as an associate conductor of the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony.
Formerly the Director of Bands at Forest Meadow Junior High in Richardson, Texas, Perez 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 progressively high levels of performance at state and regional festivals. Perez is also active as a guest conductor, with performances that have included conducting the Dallas Wind Symphony for the RISD Director’s Choice in 2010.
Perez 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 National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Educators Association, the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.