KMEA Hall of Fame
George N. Heller
Inducted in 2003
George N. Heller was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and attended public schools in Dexter, Michigan. He received Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees in Music Education from University of Michigan. He taught music in Petersburg, Haslett and Farmington, Michigan schools. He served in the US Army Bands as a tuba soloist, assistant conductor and staff arranger. He taught 29 years at University of Kansas. His teaching, research, and service interests have included instrumental and secondary music methods, world music, the history of music education, and music therapy. He has published over one hundred articles and book chapters on these topics and has contributed twenty-two articles on music education to New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Career-long interest in historical research in music education led him to serve as the first national chair of the History Special Research Interest Group of MENC. He was a founding editor of Bulletin of Historical Research in Music Education and on the editorial committees of Journal of Research in Music Education, UPDATE: Application of Research in Music Education, and Quarterly Journal of Music Learnings and Teaching. He was co-editor of Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Awards include Outstanding Young Man of America and International Who's Who in Music.