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Dr. Kathryn D. Spangler, D.A.

Director of Bands
Assistant Professor of Music Chair
(317) 955-6174
Steffen Music Center, MB9


Dr. Spangler currently serves as the Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music, and Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at Marian University.  She came to Marian University in July 2017 from the very successful Triton Central High School band program.  Under her direction the TC bands were a three time ISSMA marching band state finalist, earned consistent Gold ratings in concert band and jazz band, Indoor Percussion Ensemble State Champions, and qualified for the ISSMA All Music Award each year.  Dr. Spangler has spent twenty three years teaching music in Indiana and has performed professionally across the country with the Indianapolis Saxophone Quartet.

During her nineteen years as a high school band director she spent nearly half of those teaching in the inner city. Under her direction, Dr. Spangler was able to grow the highly successful Shortridge Magnet High School band program.  She has been a clinician and guest conductor throughout the area many times and also served as the Visual Caption Head for the Indianapolis Ignition and the Music Design Caption Head for Asteria Winds, sponsored by The Blue Stars.

Dr. Spangler earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from Butler University in 1998 and 2002, respectively.  She completed her Doctor of Arts in Music Education and Educational Psychology at Ball State University in 2022. Dr. Spangler is a member of the Indiana Wind Symphony, Indianapolis Saxophone Quartet, Pi Kappa Lambda, Indiana Bandmasters Association, CBDNA, IMEA, and NAfME.  Dr. Spangler also serves as the faculty sponsor for the Marian University cNAfME chapter.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Butler University, 1998
  • Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance, Butler University, 2002
  • Doctor of Arts in Music Education and Educational Psychology, Ball State University, 2022

Courses taught

  •  MUS 103 Wind Ensemble and Marching Band
  •  MUS 354 Instrumental Music Methods I
  •  MUS 363 Instrumental Music Methods II
  •  MUS 355 Marching Band Teaching Methods
  •  MUS 251 Music Technology
  •  MUL 176/276 Applied Saxophone Lessons


  • Member, Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA)
  • Member, Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA)
  • Member, National Association for Music Educators (NAfME)
  • Member, College Band DIrector's Association (CBDNA)
  • Member, Pi Kappa Lambda (Delta Zeta Chapter)
  • Member, Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Woodwind Manual Revision Committee
  • Board Member, SYO Summer Music Programs
  • Treasurer, El Sistema Indianapolis


  • Spangler, K.D. (2019) Developing Independent Musicians: Using Learning Theories to Inform Practice. INform: IMEA Magazine 74. 15-17.

Research interests and portfolio

  • Social and Emotional Learning in secondary urban school band programs
  • Student motivation and learning theories
  • Music in urban education
  • Chamber music and its relationship to the success of the large ensemble. 
  • Carry-over to College Music Participation (recruitment and retention)

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