John Burdett, EdD

Assistant Professor
Director of Instrumental Studies
Director of Bands

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2029
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John Burdett, EdD, is the Director of Instrumental Studies and Director of Bands in APU's School of Music. In this role, Burdett facilitates the Instrumental Studies program, leads the band division, and teaches undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to joining APU, Burdett held tenure track and adjunct appointments teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, music education, and ensemble direction at several institutions including Mt. San Antonio College, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State University, Fullerton, and California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to his dissertation research into the experiences of students with hearing loss in instrumental music, Burdett's research interests include the performance practice of symphonic compositions with Spanish and Latin American stylistic influences, the psycho-social components of conducting, the democratization of decision making in large concert ensembles, and increasing accessibility to music education for marginalized student populations.

Burdett has been invited to clinic and consult with instrumental music programs throughout the state, conduct honor ensembles in Texas and California, and adjudicate performance competitions including the Music Center of Los Angeles Spotlight Awards. In addition to numerous posts with youth orchestras, he was the founding music director and conductor of the Southern California Philharmonic from 2001-05.


  • EdD, Music Education, University of Illinois
  • MM, Instrumental Conducting, California State University, Los Angeles
  • BA, Music Education, Azusa Pacific University


  • California State Single Subject Teaching Credential, Music

Academic Areas

  • School of Music (College of the Arts)
    • Undergraduate Programs
    • Graduate Programs


  • Conducting
  • Hearing Loss
  • Nature of Music Learning
  • Philosophy and Psychology of Music Education
  • Wind Conducting

Courses Taught

  • GMUS 510 - Instrumental Conducting
  • GMUS 514 - Issues in Classroom Pedagogy
  • GMUS 515 - Instrumental Pedagogy
  • GMUS 511 - Applied Graduate Conducting
  • GMUS 513 - Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Music Education
  • GMUS 516 - Social and Historical Foundations of Music Education
  • GMUS 590 - Directed Research
  • GMUS 591 - Thesis
  • MUS 361 - Introduction to Conducting
  • MUS 363 - Instrumental Conducting
  • MUS 433 - Music Methods for Secondary Schools
  • MUS 387 - Wind Ensemble