Dr. Patty Nelson
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Music Education
Patty is a life long music teacher. She has taught elementary music in the public school system, taught private piano and organ lessons, and is proud of the over 30 years she has served several churches leading and teaching children’s choirs. She has also taught teacher certification and classroom excellence at the college level for education majors, and also supervised student teachers in the school of music.
Patty holds a BA in Piano from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. and Master of Church Music from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and most recently completed her doctorate in Education, in Curriculum and Instruction, from Baylor University. She holds a Music Education Teacher Certification and is Orff Certified. Patty’s research emphasis is in the areas of beginning piano curriculum and the use of learning theories in both the private studio and the music classroom.
Patty Patterson Nelson and her husband Ed have been married for over thirty years and have two children. Their daughter, Michal and her husband Nathan, are both music educators in West Texas, and their son Edward III (Tres), is in the United States Marine Corps.