John Seybert PhD

Professor - Coordinator of Music Education


John M. Seybert, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Music Education Program at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA. Seybert also serves as the Performance Development Coordinator for the Race to the Top Performing Fine Arts Assessment Project for the state of Florida. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Grove City College, a Master of Music degree from Butler University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He teaches secondary music methods, elementary music methods, curriculum development, research methods, and interdisciplinary perspectives and the arts. Seybert served as the President of the Florida Collegiate Music Educators Association and member of the Florida Music Educators’ Association Executive Board. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Florida Jazz Educators Association. Previous to his graduate studies, Dr. Seybert taught instrumental music in nationally recognized elementary, middle, and high school music programs in Indianapolis, IN. Seybert received awards for teaching, writing, and leadership from various organizations. He has been cited for “Effective Teaching and Scholarship” by Southeastern University; “Outstanding Research and Scholarship,” by the Oxford Round Table; “Outstanding Service to the Community” by the Florida Bandmasters Association; an “Outstanding Instructor” from Indiana University in Bloomington; recipient of the State of Indiana’s “Top Twenty-Five Teacher Award” and the “Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Education.” Dr. Seybert’s research interests include instrumental music education, artificial intelligence, assessment, curriculum studies, and professional development. He received a grant from the National Band Association to further his research in instrumental music education. Seybert’s research is housed in the Smithsonian Archives in Washington, D.C., the Jazz Research Archive at Rutgers University, and the National Association for Music Education Archive at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Seybert is an active performer, clinician, and soloist.


Joined Seton Hill: 2013
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Personal Areas of Interest: Writing, Running, Biking, and Diving
Academic Areas of Interest: Music Education, Assessment, Technology, and Professional Development.


  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • M.M., Butler University
  • B.M., Grove City College


  • Faculty Member of the Year, Southeastern University (2008-2009)
  • Effective Teaching and Scholarship Award, Southeastern University (2005, 2007, 2009-2012)
  • Outstanding Leadership, Florida Music Educators Association (2007-2009)
  • Excellence in Music Education Award, Florida Bandmasters Association (2007)
  • Graduate Research Award, Phi Kappa Lambda (1997)