Birch P Browning, Ph.D.
 Title: Professor
Director of Bands
 Dept: Music
 Office: MU 351
 Phone: 216-687-3768
 Fax: 216-687-9279
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. MU 351, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Ph.D., Music Education, Florida State University, 2002
MME, Music Education, Florida State University, 1999
BME, Music Education, Florida State University, 1987
Brief Bio:
Dr. Birch Browning is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Cleveland State University, and Music Director of the Cleveland Winds, a professional wind band based at CSU. The Cleveland Winds were awarded The American Prize in the Band/Wind Ensemble Performance¿community & school division, 2015. Dr. Browning taught high school band and orchestra in Florida prior to earning a Ph.D. in Music Education at Florida State University (FSU). A member of the faculty at CSU since 2002, Dr. Browning previously conducted ensembles and taught music education courses at Winter Park High School, DeLand High School, Stetson University and FSU.
Dr. Browning is also in demand as an honor band clinician. Recent guest conducting appearances include Florida State University¿s Tri-State Band Festival, a New York Sectional All-State Band, The Arkansas State All-South Honor Band, and various OMEA District Honor Bands, along with conducting appearances at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA and at Severance Hall. Dr. Browning serves annually as the conductor of the `Viking¿ Honor Band at the OMEA Districts 4 and 7 Honors Ensembles Festival.
Dr. Browning serves as Associate Editor of OMEA¿s research journal, Contributions to Music Education, is a member of the College Band Director¿s National Association Research Committee, and is the music director of the Cleveland Winds. Dr. Browning has presented his research findings at numerous state, national, and international conferences and he has been invited to present his research on ensemble performer excellence at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in December 2017. Dr. Browning's first book, Becoming a Musician-Educator: An Orientation to Musical Pedagogy, was published in April 2017 by Oxford University Press
Honors and Awards:
The Cleveland Winds, which Dr. Browning founded in 2009 and serves as Music Director, was the winner of the American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance--Community and School Division, 2015.
Creative and Activities:
Dr. Browning is the founder/conductor of the Cleveland Winds. For more information on the Cleveland Winds, see

Sample recordings by the Cleveland Winds is available on SoundCloud at

Cleveland State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Music Director, August 2014 to present.
Cleveland State University Chamber Winds - Music Director, August 2014 to present, 2003-2006.
Cleveland Winds - Music Director and Founder, October 2009 to present.


- Recording Project, Cleveland Winds recorded Dr. Andrew Rindfleisch¿s Three Lyric Songs for Solo Clarinet and Wind Ensemble, April 23, 2018.

- Recording Project, Recorded repertoire of Cedric Thorpe Davie, Adam Gorb, Christopher Marshall, Marco Pu¿tz, and Guy Woofenden with Cleveland Winds, CSU Chamber Winds, and CSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble in collaboration with Timothy Reynish. CD will be published by Mark Records as part of the Timothy Reynish International Repertoire Recording Series. April 30 - May 2, 2017.

- The Cleveland Winds performed at the 2017 Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in Cleveland, OH. February 4, 2017.

- The Cleveland Winds is the winner of The 2015 American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance: community & school division.
Research Interests:
Research in Progress:
Solving the problem of the large ensemble by creating community: A roundtable dialog on the future of large ensemble pedagogy. In 2008, a noted music education philosopher outlined a perceived problem with the band and, by extension, all traditional large-ensembles: the pervasiveness of dictatorial instructional methodology that promotes compliance rather than artistry from the ensemble members. Published responses to the first article, along with personal experiences by members of the panel, indicate that the dialog initiated by the first article has devolved into defensiveness and personal invective. The purpose of this round-table discussion is to initiate an international dialogue on the future of the large ensembles and to create a community to break the intransigence that has developed. Submitted for review to the International Society for Music Education for presentation at the ISME 2016 International Symposium for Music Education, Glasgow, Scotland.

A pilot study of professional music ensemble performer expertise. The purpose of this pilot study is to examine professional instrumental ensemble member's perceptions of the factors that mediate their own ensemble performance expertise. Other research on professional music performers has examined their motivation for becoming a professional musician, their perceptions of their dispositions that enabled their career success, and social factors involved in ensemble music-making. There has been limited examination, however, of individual ensemble performance factors that enable professional ensemble musicians to perform at a world-class level, their "thought-in-action" that mediates those performances, and their perceptions of what differentiates their abilities from less-capable musicians. Spring 2016.
Teaching Areas:
Graduate and undergraduate courses in music education.
CSU Chamber Winds.
Professional Affiliations:
Ohio Music Education Association
MENC: The National Association for Music Education
Society for Music Teacher Education
Instrumental Music Teacher Educators
College Band Director's National Association
World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
Professional Experience:
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 2002 - present
Associate Professor of Music
Assistant Professor of Music (2002 - 2008)
Graduate Faculty Status
Graduate Music Program Director (2003 - present)
CSU Chamber Winds, Music Director (2003 - 2006, 2008 - present)

The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 1998 - 2002
Teaching Assistant (Music Education)
Ph.D. in Music Education - 2002
Master's Of Music Education - 1999
Summer Music Camps, Assistant Director (2000 - 2002)
University Service:
Music Department Promotion and Review Committee, Chair, 2018 - present.

Music Department ad-hoc Assessment Committee, 2018 - present.

Member of the CSU AAUP Executive Committee and Grievance Officer, 2018 - present.

Chair of the Department of Music: 2012 - 2014

University Computational Services Committee
2006 - 2009 (Chair, 2007 - 2009)

CSU eLearning Student Services Team, member
2008 - present

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) eLearning Committee
Co-chair, 2007 - 2009

PeopleSoft Update Implementation Committee
2007 - 2009 (projected)

Ad Hoc General Education Implementation Committee
Summer 2007

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) Curriculum Committee
2004 - 2005

Chair, Music Department Graduate Committee
2003 - present

Collegiate MENC: The National Association for
Music Education, CSU Student Chapter, Advisor
2002 - present

Department Search Committees:
Music Student Recruiter 2006
Music Student Recruiter 2004
Assistant Professor: Chair, Jazz Studies and Applied Saxophone  2004
Assistant Professor: Music History 2003
Visiting Professor: Jazz Studies and Applied Saxophone 2002
Professional Service:
College Band Directors National Association: Research Committee Member and Editorial Review Committee (2015- Present)

Contributions to Music Education, Associate Editor (2014-present); Editor (2010-2104); Associate Editor (2009); Editorial Board Member (2008present).

Ohio Music Education Association Research Committee: Chair, 2012-present. Member, 2009-present.

Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium: Board Member, 2012-2014.
Community Service:
Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 4 & 7 Mini-conference and Honors Ensembles
Coordinator and Host (2009-2015).

Each fall, the Department of Music at Cleveland State University hosts the OMEA Districts 4 & 7 Honors Festival, an event that includes two honor bands and one honor choir. The event brings approximately 280 HS students to our campus.

Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 4 Mini-conference and Honors Ensembles
Coordinator and Host (October 2008).

Coordinated the development of El Sistema @ CIS, an after-school string orchestra in collaboration with the Rainey Institute. CSU music education majors observe and do micro-teaching segments at El Sistema @ CIS.

I am regularly invited to give master-class rehearsals with local high school ensembles. I average about 15 such clinics per year.
Research Grants:
Cleveland State University Undergraduate Research Grant: Action Research with Chamber Music Ensembles, Summer 2007 - Transferring theory to practice. Undergraduate music education majors served as instructors at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Junior High Summer Music Camp. The purpose of this project was to investigate the effect of computer-assisted self-observation and deliberate reflection on their instructional behaviors. Awarded $12,400.00

Cleveland State University - University Center for Teaching and Learning (UCTL) Teaching Enhancement Grant, Fall 2005. Development of a software-assisted approach to teaching observation and self-evaluation skills to undergraduate music education majors. This grant provided Dr. Browning with the opportunity to obtain software development training at The Big Nerd Ranch. Awarded $3800.

Cleveland State University - University Center for Teaching and Learning - Teaching Enhancement Grant, Fall 2003. A systematic approach to student portfolio development for undergraduate music education majors: Awarded $4,906.94