Nancy Witmer


247, Swope Music Building 


  • D.M.A., Boston University, Music Education
  • M.Ed., Frostburg State University, Music Pedagogy
  • B.A., Frostburg State University, Piano Performance


Nancy Witmer is Assistant Professor of Music Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she teaches elementary music methods, introduction to music education, arts for the elementary classroom, and graduate music education classes. Having received online and distance education instructional certification, Dr. Witmer has extensive experience in online teaching. In addition, she is a supervisor for student teachers and serves as assessment coordinator and liaison to the College of Education and Social Work at West Chester University. Dr. Witmer is currently serving on Curriculum and Academic Policies Council (CAPC), including General Education and Ethics sub-committees.

Dr. Witmer’s primary research interests are centered on the implementation of music technology for special learners and her consistent instructional focus is to help students discover the joy in learning while finding the discipline to reach predetermined goals that are realistically based on the strengths and learning preferences of the individual. She has presented sessions and papers at state, national, and international conferences, the most recent being an invited paper session for Oxford Education Research Symposium at Oxford University in summer of 2018. Dr. Witmer also participated as the principle investigator in a recent research study involving the exploration of effects of drum circle participation on mental health and well-being: An Exploratory Controlled Study to Assess Effects of Group Drumming on College Students with Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Other Cognitive Presentations.

Dr. Witmer earned her B.A. in music (piano performance) and M.Ed. in music pedagogy from Frostburg State University, and her D.M.A. in music education from Boston University. Formerly senior lecturer in music education and applied piano instructor at Frostburg State University, Dr. Witmer taught elementary and secondary music methods, music integration for the elementary classroom, world music, and music fundamentals. She was also the departmental accompanist for Chamber Choir, University Chorale, and solo vocal and instrumental recitals. An accomplished musician and soloist, Dr. Witmer held the position of Director of Church Music at First Presbyterian Church in Cumberland Maryland where she was pipe organist and director of all church choirs from 1998-2005. Professional affiliations include NAfME, AERA, AOSA, ISME, and ISTE.


  • Witmer, N.S. Score Review, Donna Gross Javel: The Circus Collection, The Ring Master and Other Circus Music, Seasonal Moments, Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, vol. 15, no. 1, 2009.
  • Witmer, N.S. Score Review, Michele Evans: Animal Tone Poems, Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, vol. 10, no. 2, 2004.
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  • Witmer, N. S. (2018) Yes, They Can: Engaging the Special Learner in Music Notation Recognition. NAfME National Conference, Dallas Texas
  • Witmer, N. S. (2018) The Mobile Rams Initiative: Researching the Effectiveness of Using Mobile Technology to Enhance Student Learning, Oxford Education Research Symposium, Oxford University
  • Witmer, N. S. (2018) Special Learning Possibilities: Application of Mobile Technology for Music Theory Education, AERA Spring Conference, NYC
  • Witmer, N. S. (2017) PMEA District 12 In-Service: Technology for Music Education
  • Witmer, N. S. (2017) Mobile Technology for Diverse Learners, TECSCU/TRG Joint Fall Conference, Philadelphia
  • Witmer, N. S. (2017) Touch, See, Hear, Remember: Using Mobile Applications to Teach Music Notation to Students with Special Needs, ISTE Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas
  • Witmer, N. S. (2016) Mobile Applications for Teaching Music Notation to Special Learners, DMEA State Music Conference
  • Witmer, N. S. (2014) The Effect of iPad Use in Teaching Music Notation to Students Who Have Dyslexia, AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
  • Witmer, N. S. (2011) Current Trends in Music Technology, AIM Academy, Conshohocken, PA
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