Birch P Browning, Ph.D.
 Title: Professor
 Dept: Music
 Office: MU 351
 Phone: 216-687-3768
 Fax: 216-687-9279
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. MU 351, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Ph.D., Music Education, Florida State University, 2002
MME, Music Education, Florida State University, 1999
BME, Music Education, Florida State University, 1987
Brief Bio:
Dr. Birch Browning is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Cleveland State University. He is also Music Director of the Cleveland Winds, a professional-quality wind band based at CSU, which was awarded The American Prize in the Band/Wind Ensemble Performance-community & school division, 2015. Dr. Browning taught high school band and orchestra inĀ Florida prior to earning a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Wind Conducting at Florida State University.
Dr. Browning serves as Associate Editor of OMEA's research journal, Contributions to MusicĀ Education, is a member of the College Band Director's National Association Research Committee, and is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Band Research.

Dr. Browning has given clinics, conducted wind bands,  and presented his research findings at numerous state, national, and international venues, including Russia, and Brazil. In July 2016, Dr. Browning will lead a panel discussion on the future of large music ensemble pedagogy at the International Society for Music Education International Symposium in Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Browning's forthcoming book, Becoming a Musician-Educator: An Orientation to Musical Pedagogy, will be published by Oxford University Press.
Honors and Awards:
The Cleveland Winds, which Dr. Browning founded in 2009 and serves as Music Director, was the winner of the American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance--Community and School Division, 2015.
Creative and Activities:
Dr. Browning is the founder/conductor of the Cleveland Winds. For more information on the Cleveland Winds, see

Cleveland State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Music Director, August 2014 to present.
Cleveland State University Chamber Winds - Music Director, August 2014 to present, 2003-2006.
Cleveland Winds - Music Director and Founder, October 2009 to present.
Research Interests:
Book in Progress:
Becoming a Musician-Educator: An Orientation to Musical Pedagogy. A textbook for graduate and undergraduate introductory music education courses. The final product is under contract for publication with Oxford University Press (OUP). The initial complete draft has been submitted to OUP and is out for external review.

Research in Progress:
Solving the problem of the large ensemble by creating community: A roundtable dialog on the future of large ensemble pedagogy. In 2008, a noted music education philosopher outlined a perceived problem with the band and, by extension, all traditional large-ensembles: the pervasiveness of dictatorial instructional methodology that promotes compliance rather than artistry from the ensemble members. Published responses to the first article, along with personal experiences by members of the panel, indicate that the dialog initiated by the first article has devolved into defensiveness and personal invective. The purpose of this round-table discussion is to initiate an international dialogue on the future of the large ensembles and to create a community to break the intransigence that has developed. Submitted for review to the International Society for Music Education for presentation at the ISME 2016 International Symposium for Music Education, Glasgow, Scotland.

Pilot study of professional music ensemble performer expertise. The purpose of this pilot study is examine professional instrumental ensemble member's perceptions of the factors that mediate their own ensemble performance expertise. Other research on professional music performers have examined their motivation for becoming a professional musician, their perceptions of their dispositions that enabled their career success, and social factors involved in ensemble music-making. There has been very little examination, however, of individual ensemble performance factors that enable professional ensemble musicians to perform at a world-class level, their "thought-in-action" that mediates those performances, and their perceptions of what differentiates their abilities from less-capable musicians. Spring 2016.
Uncovering music performance majors' assumptions about music learning and pedagogy. Using a narrative analysis methodology, the purpose of this study is to discern the effect of knowledge of instruction and experience on music performance majors' understandings of music learning and pedagogy. Prior to and after instruction on music performance, music cognition, and musical pedagogy, and teaching six half-hour applied lessons, the subjects respond to narrative prompts. Subsequent analysis should uncover changes in their understandings of music learning and pedagogy as a consequence of their acquired understandings and their instructional experience. Spring 2016.
Teaching Areas:
Graduate and undergraduate courses in music education.
CSU Chamber Winds.
Professional Affiliations:
Ohio Music Education Association
MENC: The National Association for Music Education
Society for Music Teacher Education
Instrumental Music Teacher Educators
College Band Director's National Association
World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
Professional Experience:
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 2002 - present
Associate Professor of Music
Assistant Professor of Music (2002 - 2008)
Graduate Faculty Status
Graduate Music Program Director (2003 - present)
CSU Chamber Winds, Music Director (2003 - 2006, 2008 - present)

The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 1998 - 2002
Teaching Assistant (Music Education)
Ph.D. in Music Education - 2002
Master's Of Music Education - 1999
Summer Music Camps, Assistant Director (2000 - 2002)
University Service:
University Computational Services Committee
2006 - 2009 (Chair, 2007 - 2009)

CSU eLearning Student Services Team, member
2008 - present

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) eLearning Committee
Co-chair, 2007 - 2009

PeopleSoft Update Implementation Committee
2007 - 2009 (projected)

Ad Hoc General Education Implementation Committee
Summer 2007

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) Curriculum Committee
2004 - 2005

Chair, Music Department Graduate Committee
2003 - present

Collegiate MENC: The National Association for
Music Education, CSU Student Chapter, Advisor
2002 - present

Department Search Committees:
Music Student Recruiter 2006
Music Student Recruiter 2004
Assistant Professor: Chair, Jazz Studies and Applied Saxophone  2004
Assistant Professor: Music History 2003
Visiting Professor: Jazz Studies and Applied Saxophone 2002
Professional Service:
Contributions to Music Education, Associate Editor (2014-present); Editor (2010-2104); Associate Editor (2009); Editorial Board Member (2008present).

Ohio Music Education Association Research Committee: Chair, 2012-present. Member, 2009-present.

Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium: Board Member, 2012-2014.
Community Service:
Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 4 & 7 Mini-conference and Honors Ensembles
Coordinator and Host (2009-2015).

Each fall, the Department of Music at Cleveland State University hosts the OMEA Districts 4 & 7 Honors Festival, an event that includes two honor bands and one honor choir. The event brings approximately 280 HS students to our campus.

Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 4 Mini-conference and Honors Ensembles
Coordinator and Host (October 2008).

Coordinated the development of El Sistema @ CIS, an after-school string orchestra in collaboration with the Rainey Institute. CSU music education majors observe and do micro-teaching segments at El Sistema @ CIS.

I am regularly invited to give master-class rehearsals with local high school ensembles. I average about 15 such clinics per year.
Research Grants:
Cleveland State University Undergraduate Research Grant: Action Research with Chamber Music Ensembles, Summer 2007 - Transferring theory to practice. Undergraduate music education majors served as instructors at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Junior High Summer Music Camp. The purpose of this project was to investigate the effect of computer-assisted self-observation and deliberate reflection on their instructional behaviors. Awarded $12,400.00

Cleveland State University - University Center for Teaching and Learning (UCTL) Teaching Enhancement Grant, Fall 2005. Development of a software-assisted approach to teaching observation and self-evaluation skills to undergraduate music education majors. This grant provided Dr. Browning with the opportunity to obtain software development training at The Big Nerd Ranch. Awarded $3800.

Cleveland State University - University Center for Teaching and Learning - Teaching Enhancement Grant, Fall 2003. A systematic approach to student portfolio development for undergraduate music education majors: Awarded $4,906.94