Assistant Professor of Music
B.M.E., University of Northern Iowa
M.Ed., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of Iowa
Steve Shanley coordinates the music education and jazz studies programs, teaches music education courses, and directs the jazz band. He is also the music director and conductor of the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band
, a professional ensemble that performs 18 concerts each summer.
Prior to his full-time appointment to Coe, Professor Shanley spent 11 years teaching middle and high school music in the Cedar Rapids Community School District
. Groups under his direction earned over 40 Division I ratings at concert band, jazz band, marching band, orchestra, and show choir festivals, and over 75 of his students were selected for the Iowa All-State Band and Jazz Band. Professor Shanley directed five high school ensembles in performances at the Iowa Bandmasters Association
conference (jazz band in 2006 and 2009 and concert band in 2003, 2007, and 2010), and his band was also selected to perform in the prestigious Music For All National Concert Band Festival
in Indianapolis, IN (2008). His jazz bands qualified for the Iowa Jazz Championships
every year—placing in the top six each of the last nine years. Students in his Advanced Placement Music Theory classes consistently earned high scores on the AP exam each year.
Professor Shanley earned a Bachelor of Music Education (with jazz emphasis) degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Master of Education in Music Education degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree from the University of Iowa. He is currently completing coursework towards a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Iowa. He is licensed in Iowa as a K-12 Music Master Educator, PK-12 Principal, PK-12 Supervisor of Special Education, and Evaluator.
In addition to teaching, Professor Shanley frequently plays keyboard for touring Broadway shows, local theatrical productions, jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras, rock bands, and other ensembles. He is the music director, arranger, and keyboardist for Funk Stop
(11-piece funk band) and the pianist and arranger for the Rod Pierson Big Band
. Professor Shanley has an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and accompanist, and he is also in demand as a composer and arranger. Over 1,000 of his works have been performed by marching bands, jazz bands, concert bands, orchestras, brass bands, and choirs throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. Professor Shanley is an exam reader for College Board
Advanced Placement Music Theory, is co-chair of the Iowa Jazz Championships
, and was the founding president of the Jazz Educators of Iowa
Professor Shanley teaches at Coe because the small class sizes enable students to receive more individual attention. Also, the close proximity to many strong public school music programs gives Coe students better opportunities for real “hands on” teaching experience before they graduate. His favorite Coe memory is inviting Jeff Coffin
(saxophonist with Dave Matthews and Bela Fleck) to campus to perform with the jazz band, and his favorite tradition is the Coe Jazz Summit
. In his spare time, Professor Shanley enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, traveling, fine dining, and shopping for clothes.