Terri Lenzo

Terri Lenzo
Associate Professor of Music Education
Presser Hall 228
525 South Main Street, Ada, OH, 45810
Academic Credentials
B.M., M.F.A., Ph.D. and additional studies: Orff-Schulwerk Levels I & II, Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy Certification, and World Music Drumming.
Research Interests
Curriculum design: Orff Schulwerk in band settings, music integration by classroom teachers, early childhood music
Employee degree:

BM, University of Cincinnati

MFA, University of Iowa

PHD, Kent State Univ, Main Campus


Terri Brown Lenzo, Ph.D., is an associate professor of music education and general music specialist at Ohio Northern University.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a master of fine arts degree in clarinet performance with a minor in wind conducting from The University of Iowa, and a doctor of philosophy degree in music education from Kent State University.

Dr. Lenzo has 26 years of experience teaching P-12 students, having worked as a 5-12 band director and as a P-8 general music teacher in public and private schools and in entrepreneurial settings. She taught undergraduate courses at Kent State, Cleveland State, and Youngstown State Universities while completing her Ph.D. (2009-2014) and was an adjunct instructor for the online Master of Music in Music Education program at Kent State University from 2011-2015.  Duties there included teaching courses, advising capstone projects, and redesigning the Advanced Studies in General Music course. 

Experiences in the field of music entrepreneurship include development and implementation of a business model for teaching band in private schools and the establishment of an early childhood music studio in Stow, Ohio—Kindermusik® with Miss Terri and Friends.  Dr. Lenzo was awarded the Kindermusik® International Top 1% Maestro Award for seven consecutive years, in recognition of her work as a teacher and administrator. The studio ranked 6th largest worldwide with 385 students enrolled during its 12th year.

Her responsibilities at ONU include teaching music education and music appreciation courses, supervising student teachers and senior capstone research projects. She was the adviser for the ONU chapter of OCMEA (Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association) from 2015-2021.  During this time, the chapter earned the OMEA Gold Standard Award (2018) in recognition of their professional development and service projects, and two members were awarded the OMEA student-teaching scholarship (2019, 2021).

Dr. Lenzo has presented at AOSA, ECMMA, the Mountain Lake Colloquium, the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, the Northwest Ohio Orff Chapter, and at The OMEA Professional Development Conference. She has published articles in Contributions to Music Education, Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, OMEATRIAD, and a chapter in Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions (GIA). 

She served OMEA as a member of the Board of Trustees and editor of TRIAD from 2019-2021. She is currently serving her second term as a member of the OMEA Higher Education Research Committee. Previous service includes performing duties as the general music content editor for TRIAD and chair of the undergraduate research poster session for the professional development conference.                                 

In addition to her university teaching, scholarship, and service activities, Dr. Lenzo often teaches preschool music classes at the ONU Child Development Center. She enjoys collaborating with community organizations and has presented workshops and children’s music classes for numerous parenting groups, schools, and libraries.

CV: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RcvAlvc-vuGOb6bHtMFt-GKB7Mos_0zY/view?u...