Skip to Main Content
My Bethel Visit Us Apply Now!


Academic Programs


Michael Kendall

Michael Kendall
  • Title Director of Music Education
    Professor of Music
  • Work Phone 574.807.7249
  • Office Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center, Room 124 1001 Bethel Circle Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST

Mike Kendall's teaching responsibilities at Bethel include courses in music education, instrumental pedagogy, choral and instrumental conducting, music theory and technology, and student teaching supervision. Prior to coming to Bethel, Dr. Kendall was Director of Music Education at a number of institutions including: Spring Arbor University, Wichita State University, Augustana College, and The University of Tulsa. His public school experience includes instrumental, general, and choral music teaching at Bradford (IL) Public Schools and Southfield (MI) Christian School. Mike was honored as teacher of the year at the University of Tulsa and Bethel College.

Dr. Kendall is currently Timpanist and Principal Percussionist with the Jackson (MI) Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a percussionist with the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Quad City Symphony, and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. He has published research on music teaching, learning, and perception in The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Journal of Band Research, The School Musician, The Southeastern Journal of Music Education, and a number of state music education journals. He received his B.M.E. from Wheaton College and his M. Mus. and Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. Mike and his wife Janis reside in Granger, Indiana with their two children, Kari and Bradley (both students at Bethel College).

Teaching Interests:
Instrumental and General Music Education, Instrumental and Choral Conducting, Music Technology, Instrumental Methods, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band
Selected Workshops and Publications:
  • “Improvisation with Percussion.” Workshop presented for the Suzuki Spring Piano Workshop at the Community School of the Arts, Wheaton College, 16 March 2002.
  • Curriculum Consultant, Wheaton College Community School of the Arts, February and March, 2002.
  • “Thinking About Music Teaching –or- Principles and Strategies for Effective Music Teaching and Learning.” Workshop presented for the Community Music School at Wheaton College, 8 September 2000.
  • “The World of Percussion.” Lecture/Percussion Recital presented at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Family Concert, 23 February 2000.
  • Kendall, M. (1988). Systematic self-evaluation: A key to improving the quality and effectiveness of music teaching and learning for student teachers and beginning teachers. In J. A. Braswell (Ed.), Proceedings of the Southeastern Music Education Symposium, 7, 80-88, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
  • Kendall, M. (1988). The effects of music reading activities, abstract. The Music Researcher's Exchange, 15 (4).
  • Kendall, M. (1988). Two instructional approaches to the development of aural and instrumental performance skills. Journal of Research in Music Education, 36, 205-219.
  • Kendall, M. (1990). A review of selected research in elementary instrumental music education with implications for teaching. Journal of Band Research, 25:2, 64-81.
Performance Experience:
  • Principal Percussionist and Timpanist, Jackson Symphony Orchestra; Jackson, MI (1996-Present)
  • Marimba Soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra performing Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, 13 September 1997
  • Percussionist, Wichita Symphony Orchestra (1994-1995)
  • Percussionist, Symphony of the Shores; Evanston, IL (1992–1997)
  • Percussionist, Quad City Symphony Orchestra (1992–1994)
  • Percussionist, The Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra; Tulsa, OK (1986–1990)
Awards and Achievements:
  • Professor of the Year, Bethel College, 2005
  • Elected Historian, Kansas Music Educators Association, 1995
  • Elected Chair, Illinois Music Teacher Mentor Program, 1993
  • Elected Chair, Research Committee, Oklahoma Music Educators Association
  • Teacher of the Year, The University of Tulsa, 1989
Community Involvement:
  • Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Board Member and Choir Director, California Road Missionary Church (Elkhart, IN) 2005-Present
Professional Associations:
  • Music Educators National Conference
  • Indiana Music Education Association
  • Indiana School Band and Orchestra Association
  • Percussive Arts Society
  • Society for Research in Music Education
  • Society for Music Teacher Education
Personal Interests:
Reading, Woodworking, Music Computer Technology, Church History, Sports
Favorite Teaching Quotes:
  • “I am still learning.” Michelangelo
  • “Those who educate children are more honored than those who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” Aristotle
  • “The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth.” Erasmus
  • “Upon the subject of education, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged.” Abraham Lincoln
  • “I believe that children learn best when given the opportunity to taste, feel, see, hear, manipulate, discover, sing, and dance their way through learning.” Katy Goldman
  • “Men learn while they teach.” Seneca
  • “The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verity, and not accept, everything they are offered.” Jean Piaget
  • “Endeavor, first, to broaden your children’s sympathies and, by satisfying their daily needs, to bring love and kindness into such unceasing contact with their impressions and their activity, that these sentiments may be engrafted in their hearts.” Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
  • “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.” Carl Jung
  • “Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will growperhaps it all will.” Ecclesiastes 11:6
  • “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward
  • “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” Louis Mercier
  • “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in the creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein

Professional Links: