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Andrew Bajorek is the interim associate director of bands at Colorado Mesa University, where he serves as a director of the Maverick Stampede and Maverick Sound. Additionally, Bajorek instructs courses and mentors students in music teacher education related subjects and activities. Prior to his appointment at Colorado Mesa University, Bajorek earned his doctoral candidacy at the University of Florida and also taught elementary and secondary music in schools in Florida and Pennsylvania.

Bajorek's areas of inquiry include the perceptions of stakeholders of music education as they relate to music education standards, commonalities of strategies employed by master educators, curricular alignment and the best practices of media in the administration of music programs.

Aside from his degrees, Bajorek has earned certifications as a practitioner from the Organization for American Kodály Educators, Feierabend Association for Music Education, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. He has previously served as a member of the Florida Music Supervisors Association, a team leader of the Florida Music Education Association Emerging Leaders program, as well as a member of the Florida Department of Education K-12 Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) Validation Committee.

Selected Published and Creative Work

Refereed Research Presentations and Paper Presentations

National
Bajorek, A. (2018). Matthew effects in music education. National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Pre-
Conference on Philosophy: Atlanta, GA.

Bajorek A. & Sheridan, M. (2018). An exploration of partnerships for teaching students with special needs. Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) Symposium: Minneapolis, MN.

State/Regional
Bajorek, A., Hernandez, C. Johnson, C., MacRostie, K., Palmer, M., Weatherspoon, J…Wright, D. (2019). Pecha
Kucha: A kaleidoscope of classroom practices and tips. Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA)

Professional Development-Clinic Conference: Tampa, FL.
Bajorek, A. (2014). Music in our schools month: Performance opportunities for all students.

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) State In-Service Conference: Hershey, PA

Bajorek, A. (2013). There’s an app for that. Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) State In-Service
Conference: San Antonio, TX

Nonjuried Research Presentations and Paper Presentations

State/Regional
Bajorek, A. & Viking, T. (2018). Getting the job: On interviews and interviewing. Florida Southern College
Collegiate National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) Lecture Series: Lakeland, FL

Bajorek, A., Fahmie, D., Lawson, B., Southhall, J. (2018). Get connected: Build capacity. Florida Music Educators
Association (FMEA) Emerging Leaders Drive-In Conference: Orlando, FL.

Bajorek, A. (2018). The first principles of music education. School District ofOsceola County Summer Professional
Development Workshop: Kissimmee, FL

Bajorek, A. (2017). From band director to solfa savant: Falling in love with elementary music. University of Florida
Collegiate National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) Lecture Series: Gainesville, FL.

Bajorek, A. (2016). Improvisation in the classroom and panel discussion University of Florida Collegiate National
Association for Music Education (CNAfME) Lecture Series: Gainesville, FL.