Christian M. Noon
Christian M. Noon is Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Teaching Professor of Music Education at the University of Missouri. At MU, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education, conducts the University Band, assists in the direction of Marching Mizzou, and directs the women’s basketball band. He began his professional career as the instrumental music director at Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, CO. During his time as a public school music teacher, Dr. Noon worked with bands and orchestras of all levels (beginning to advanced).
As a conductor, Dr. Noon is a proponent of new, exciting, and sophisticated works for winds. In particular, he is devoted to promoting and performing works for winds by underrepresented composers. He is a firm advocate for more equitable processes of repertoire selection among conductors that give voice to composers of underrepresented groups. He believes that doing so will create more diverse and engaging large ensemble musical experiences for both the ensemble members and the audience.
Dr. Noon focuses his research in four areas: social justice in music education, philosophy of music education, preservice music teacher socialization and development, and conducting. He is particularly interested in the ways in which those areas interact and intersect. His doctoral dissertation at the University of South Carolina examined the effects of music by underrepresented composers (or that otherwise contained social justice content) on the socialization of preservice music educators in collegiate bands. As a music teacher educator, he works to instill values of equity and social justice within his students and seeks to provide them with experiences that allow them to envision school music education as inclusive of, but also much more expansive and diverse than band, orchestra, and choir.
Dr. Noon’s research has been published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Journal of Music Teacher Education. He has also presented research at the Florida Music Educators Association conference (2018) and the Society for Music Teacher Education conference (2019). He holds professional memberships in NAfME, CBDNA, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, as well as honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.