The School of Music and Fine Arts
Full Name: Dennis Hayslett
Professor of Instrumental Music
B.M.Ed., Youngstown State University; M.M.Ed., Vandercook College of Music; Ph.D., Kent State University.
Dr. Dennis Hayslett was formerly the director of bands at Eastern Illinois University, where he taught conducting and instrumental music education and guided the graduate degree program in wind conducting. He has held similar positions on the faculties of The University of Toledo, Kent State University, and Western New Mexico University, directing concert and marching bands as well as teaching a wide range of graduate and undergraduate music courses. Much of Dr. Hayslett's experience has been as a teacher in the public schools. Ensembles under his direction have received superior ratings at contests and festivals, and have performed for such prestigious clinics and conventions as the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the American School Band Directors Association Clinic, the State Convention of the Ohio Music Education Association, the Illinois All-State Conference, and the Ohio Band Directors Conference. He has been engaged in presenting premiere performances of compositions by leading composers such as Eric Whitacre, Ned Rorem, Libby Larsen, Donald Erb, and W. Francis McBeth, which have been highly praised by the composers. Dr. Hayslett is continually active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He has presented clinics and workshops both nationally and regionally for various organizations including the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the National Band Directors Workshop. In addition, he has served as guest conductor for many all-state and regional honor and festival bands throughout the United States and internationally. He is a contributor to Strategies for Teaching: Guide for Music Methods Classes and Spotlight on Teaching Band, both published by MENC. Dr. Hayslett's research investigating aural perception and conducting pedagogy has been published in numerous educational journals. His professional affiliations include the National Band Association, American School Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, and the Music Educators National Conference. He is past vice-president of the New Mexico Music Educators Association, and has served on the Board of Trustees of VanderCook College of Music and the editorial board of the research journal Contributions to Music Education. He holds memberships in Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma. He has been the conductor and music director of the Toledo Youth Symphonic Band, the Toledo Chamber Winds, and the Livonia Youth Philharmonic of Michigan. Professor Hayslett has been awarded the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association as well as the prestigious Stanbury Award from the American School Band Directors Association. In 1998 he was given the distinction of being included in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. In 2002, the Disney Foundation granted him the $10,000 Dr. Martha Uhrig Memorial "Most Inspirational Teacher" award.