Assistant Lecturer Music Education, Instrumental
Music & Communication Building,
Robert Roche earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University with an emphasis in percussion, his Masters in Music Education from The University of Michigan, and his Doctorate in Education with a Specialization in Teacher Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Growing up in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Roche grew up in the tradition of band and orchestral percussion performance. His mentors have included the late Dr. Larry Vanlandingham, Professor Michael Haithcock, and Dr. Kelly A. Parkes. Prior to joining the CSU faculty, Dr. Roche taught instrumental music for twelve years in the public schools just outside Washington, D.C., in the northern Virginia area.
Dr. Roche’s research interests include the psychological state of flow, teacher education, and music technology. His dissertation is entitled, “Exploring Flow Amongst Experienced Middle School and High School Band Directors.” In 2016, he presented a research poster on snare drum fundamentals for the International Society of Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland. Currently, Dr. Roche is collaborating on research involving professional development for novice teachers. In November, Dr. Roche will present a session at the National Association for Music Educators national conference in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Roche currently lives in downtown Cleveland with his lovely wife, Rachel, and their two foodie beagles, Penelope and Bartók. His hobbies include cooking Tex-Mex, photography, and designing creative spaces.