Madeline S. Bridges


Madeline S. Bridges is Associate Dean for Academic Studies for the School of Music at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where she teaches in the area of Music Education and oversees the academic preparation of over 500 music majors. Her degrees include a B.M. in piano performance from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, an M. Mus. Ed. from George Peabody College of Education of Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate in Music Education from the University of Alabama. Madeline has taught music and music education in classrooms from kindergarten through the graduate level.

Dr. Bridges is Co-Director of the Nashville Children's Choir Program which includes four choirs with a total enrollment of over 180 choristers. The group has been selected to sing at regional and national conventions of MENC as well as for a national conference of AOSA and national church music conferences. Madeline has led conferences and choir festivals as well as state and regional mass choirs and honor choirs throughout the United States. She has also served as a conference leader in the area of children's choirs and elementary general music at state, regional and national conferences and seminars. Madeline has thirty years experience as a director of children's and youth choirs and recently completed a term as president of Choristers Guild Board of Directors. She currently directs the children's choir and youth ensembles at McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Articles and curriculum material by Dr. Bridges have appeared in The Chorister, Tennessee Musician, Young Musicians Magazine, and The Music Leader, Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Therapy, Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, and General Music Today. She is the co-author of How to Lead Children's Choirs published by Convention Press and author of the 2008 CG publication, Sing Together Children.