Steven Moore

Title/Position: Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Professor of Practice


Why did you choose music as your career?

Making music with others has been my life’s passion. My father was a band director and my mother was a teacher. I knew by the age of eleven I wanted to be a conductor. I was inspired by my trumpet studies with Vincent DiMartino, beginning in the 9th grade.

What would you say are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life, to date?

Besides joining the faculty at the Frost School of Music, many great performances and events including the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the American Bandmasters Association, the Macy’s Parade, grand championships in 6 Kentucky State Championships and 5 Contest of Champions, and selection as the Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) published my book, Play It From the Heart: What you learn from music about success in life.

Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?

So that they may have the knowledge to follow their passion for a life in music. At Frost you study with artists and scholars, interact with students who share your talent and ability, and develop skills that will prepare you for a future in music.

Finish the statement, “Music is…”

A source of great joy, an essential component of life and society, and a core cognitive function of the brain.

What do you hope to pass on to students at Frost?

The ability to earn a living and live a life worth living.

What would a prospective student be surprised to learn about you?

I love my wife’s vegetarian cooking, I own an all electric car, and I have always loved motorcycles.

What music have you been listening to lately?

Samuel Barber, Michael Daugherty, David Maslanka, Paul Desmond, and The Civil Wars

What is your teaching philosophy?

I want to empower my students to create, communicate, and inspire through music.

What do you expect from students at the Frost School of Music?

I expect Frost students to transcend the ordinary. To create and perform music from a foundation of joy. To experience when creativity, conviction, and execution are infused with passion—art is born.

Short Biography
Steven Moore is the associate dean, Undergraduate Studies, and Professor of Practice at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He served previously as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri where he taught conducting, music education, and conducted the Symphonic Band. Moore is a strong advocate for music literacy and has developed nationally recognized programs of excellence at the secondary and collegiate level. He has served as Director of Bands at Colorado State University, Lafayette High School and Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky, and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky. Additionally he has served as the interim Director of Orchestras at UK, Conductor for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, and Conductor for the CSU Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Moore is a member of the American Bandmasters Association. Under his direction, the Lafayette Band performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, received the Sudler Shield, appeared in the Macy’s Parade, and was awarded 6 State Marching Band Championships. The Department of Education selected him as the Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year. Dr. Moore has a B.M.E. from the University of South Carolina and M.M. and D.M.A. in instrumental conducting from the University of Kentucky. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) published his book, Play It From the Heart: What you learn from music about success in life.

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