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Frank M. Diaz is an assistant professor of music education at the University of Oregon, where he was appointed in 2010. Diaz teaches classes in music education, psychology of music, and music research. His current research interests include the effect of mindfulness on musical engagement, cognitive load during music teaching and performance, and music teacher education. He has also published work on motivation, musical memory, and music perception. Diaz is a regular presenter at international, national, and regional conferences, and has articles published or forthcoming in prominent peer-reviewed journals, including Psychology of Music, Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Band Research, and Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education. His work has also been featured in several national media outlets, including Science Daily and the Huffington Post.
Along with teaching and research, Diaz serves as a member of the University
of Oregon's Cognitive and Decision Sciences, is Chair of the Affective
Response Special Research Interest Group for the National Association for
Music Education, and is Co-Chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education
for the Oregon Music Educators Association. He is also an editor for the Oregon Music Educator and has served as a guest reviewer for Psychology of Music and Routledge publications.
Diaz earned his bachelor and Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University, and a master’s in instrumental conducting and trombone performance from the University of South Florida. He has served as an assistant conductor for the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia, and as a conductor for various youth orchestras and honor groups throughout the Eastern United States. As a public school teacher, Diaz taught instrumental music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, where his ensembles were selected to perform in prestigious performance venues such as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the Music Educators National Conference. In 2013, he was appointed as Conductor of the Corvallis Youth Symphony, an organization consisting of some of the finest high school musicians in the Mid-Willamette Valley.