Encouraging and Shaping Students of Music
“I try to encourage students to be ‘students of music,’ not just music students.”
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands
A Degree with Experience
When a student comes to the University of Evansville to study music, they are receiving more than just a degree. They are receiving valuable experience that will prepare them for a future in their desired field. And what better professor to teach music students than someone who has served as music director for several schools, conducted district and regional honor bands, and performed with many symphonies and orchestras.
Kenneth Steinsultz, associate professor of music and director of bands at the University of Evansville, served as assistant to the director of bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his alma mater, before coming to UE. He works primarily with low brass performers, such as the trombone, euphonium, and tuba, but he also teaches and assists in the music education curriculum. “I enjoy coaching and mentoring young conductors and music teachers,” said Steinsultz.
What Makes the UE Department of Music Different
“UE attracts bright and talented students,” said Steinsultz. “It makes my job challenging and fun at the same time.” The professors and faculty on UE’s campus take the time to work with their students to ensure their success. According to Steinsultz, it’s the personal attention students receive that sets UE apart from other institutions.
What specifically sets the music department apart are the many opportunities for the students, both during their school years and after graduation. “We are fortunate to have the talent to perform some of the top literature with our ensembles,” explained Steinsultz. “Students can experience performing top literature as an undergraduate, instead of having to wait until graduate school.” Several UE graduates are now successfully teaching in local schools, and many of them are performing professionally, including in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
Helping his Students Become “Students of Music”
Steinsultz’s favorite part about teaching at UE are the students. “I love working with the talented students here.” He encourages his students to be “students of music,” not just music students. “Everything we study in the field of music is related in some way,” he explained. “The more we make that connection, the more success we can experience.”