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Music Education

Timothy J. Groulx, Associate Professor, Music Education, Area Coordinator

Timothy Groulx headshot Dr. Timothy J. Groulx is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. A native of Punta Gorda, Florida, he earned his Ph.D. in music education from the University of South Florida in 2010 where he was recipient of the Presidential Fellowship, and earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Teaching from Oberlin Conservatory in 1999.

He is active in the music education community as an adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician. Prior to coming to UNF, he was Assistant Professor and music education degree coordinator at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana from 2010-2014 where he also established the University of Evansville Summer Music Camp, serving hundreds of students each year. He was teaching fellow at the University of South Florida from 2006-2010, and from 1999-2010 he taught band and orchestra programs in central Ohio and in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

Dr. Groulx has published research in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Music Education Research International and Update!, and serves on the advisory committee for the Music Educators Journal. He has presented clinics at Midwest, NAfME National In-Service Conference, and at state MEAs in Florida and Indiana. He has presented his research at the College Music Society National Conference, NAfME National Research Conference, NAfME’s History Special Research Interest Group Symposia, The Suncoast Music Education Research Symposia and many others throughout the country.


Contact: (904) 620-3891 

Rose Francis, Adjunct Professor, Music Education

Rose Francis headshot Rose Francis holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education and Master of Music Performance in Conducting from the University of North Florida. Francis serves as orchestra director at Pine Forest Magnet School of the Arts where she conducts an impressive 500 students since 2012. She also serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville from the beginning of its inaugural season fall of 2016. In addition to conducting this season’s Civic Orchestra’s concerts at Manifest Distilling, MOSH, Cultural Council and the Jacksonville Zoo. Francis has helped to develop educational outreach materials for multiple concerts with Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville and other organizations including the Jacksonville Symphony educational concert series. She is a advocate for string education and an emerging leader in the field.


Contact: (904) 620-3891 

Jane Palmer, Adjunct Professor, Music Education

Jane Palmer headshot Jane Palmer taught music in Duval County for thirty-five years. At the elementary level, she taught general music and conducted choirs, Orff ensembles, and children’s choruses for local opera companies. She is certified in Orff Levels 1 and 2. At the high school level, she served as choral director, keyboard instructor, and Performing Arts Department Chair at Duncan U. Fletcher High School where her choirs received consistently high ratings at district and state F.V.A. Music Performance Assessments. She served as Florida Vocal Association District 4 Chairperson and is a certified choral judge. Palmer was selected as Teacher of the Year at both San Pablo Elementary and Duncan U. Fletcher High Schools, received the Teacher’s Choice Award at Pine Forest Elementary and was also a semi-finalist for Duval County Teacher of the Year.

Raised in Upstate New York, her educational background includes vocal studies at Indiana University, The University of Iowa, and The University of North Florida, where she received her B.A.E. and M.E. degrees.She has performed as a soloist with various area musical organizations, and currently sings with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. She also serves on the Education Committee of the Guild of the Jacksonville Symphony.


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