Brandon L Haskett

Associate Professor of Music
Department of Music
Arts & Behavioral Sciences
Academic and Student Affairs

SVSU Main Campus
Arbury Fine Arts 222
Brandon Haskett


Dr. Brandon Haskett is in his eighth year at SVSU and is an Associate Professor of Music. Prior to his appointment at SVSU, Haskett taught at North Georgia College and State University for three years. Previously, he taught band, string orchestra, general music, jazz band, and steel band at Kenilworth School in Phoenix, Arizona where he also served as the Coordinator of Instrumental Music for the PESD #1 school district. Haskett's research expertise centers on the curriculum and pedagogy of steel bands in U.S. K-12 and collegiate institutions as well as professional development issues of the steel band directors. He is a founding member and an Executive Board Member of the non-profit, National Society of Steel Band Educators.


Doctor Musical Arts
Arizona State University

Master of Music
Arizona State University

Teaching Interests

Music education courses, music technology, and world music.


My research focuses on world music ensembles (particularly steel bands) in U.S. schools and universities. 

Works of Creativity


The Emergence of the U.S. School Steel Band Movement: The Saga of Steel. Lexington Press, December 2018.

“Supplemental Steelpan Equipment.” for the National Society of Steel Band Educators website, August 2017.

“Effectively Engaging the Percussion Section,” in Michigan Music Educator, Fall 2017.

“The Importance of Steelpan Tuning,”for the National Society of Steel Band Educators website, August 2017.

“Challenging Beginnings: Leading a Steel Band without Prior Steelpan Experience” Percussive Notes. November 2015.

“A Case Study of Early Professional Development Opportunities for Steel Band Directors in the U.S.: The Haystack Steelpan Program” Visions of Research in Music Education. December 2014.

“A Study of U.S. Collegiate and K-12 Steel Band Directors’ Attitudes Regarding Steel Band Curriculum and Pedagogy” Update: Applications of Research in Music Education.

“They came for the kids and stayed for the teacher: The Desert Winds Community Steel Orchestra” in International Journal of Community Music. Vol. 6, no. 2 (July 2013).

Book review of Steel Drums and Steelbands: A History for the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.

“Taking an Active Approach to Conference Participation and Professional Development” online publication available at: (July 2012).

“An Updated Account of K-12 and Collegiate Steel Bands in the United States” (July 2012 in Percussive Notes).


  • Exectuive Board Member of the National Society of Steel Band Educators
  • Member of the World Percussion Committee of Percussive Arts Society

Honors and Awards

Dow Professor Award for Innovative Teaching (2019-2020)






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