Shanley inducted into Jazz Educators of Iowa Hall of Fame

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Steve Shanley
Steve Shanley

Coe College Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley has been inducted into the Jazz Educators of Iowa (JEI) Hall of Fame. JEI is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide jazz resources for Iowa's educators. The group is developing a strong audience with Iowa's music educators, students and fans of this truly original American art form.

JEI is committed to the creative development of students, strengthening Iowa's jazz community and culture, and supporting the development of lifelong performers and consumers of jazz music. The JEI Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have created new directions and curricular innovations in regards to jazz education in the state of Iowa.

Shanley is an assistant professor of music at Coe College where he coordinates the music education and jazz studies programs. Prior to his time at Coe, Shanley spent 10 years teaching music at Washington High School, where groups under his direction earned more than 40 Division I ratings, qualified for the Iowa Jazz Championships every year, and were chosen to play for President George W. Bush. In 2011, Shanley was named the fourth conductor in the 64-year history of the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band.

When the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) filed for bankruptcy in 2008, Shanley led the efforts to reform Iowa's IAJE unit into what is now the Jazz Educators of Iowa. Shanley continues to be active in jazz education at the middle school, high school and collegiate level. Under his guidance, the Coe College Jazz Summit has become one of the nation’s largest educational jazz festivals. He presents regularly at music education conferences, is in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator, is an artistic advisor and founding director for the Corridor Jazz Project, and is currently vice president of JEI and co-chair of the Iowa Jazz Championships.

Shanley earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Northern Iowa, a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, and completed Ph.D. coursework at the University of Iowa.