BMus, Andrews University
MMus, Central Michigan University
DMA, Boston University
Byron Graves conducts the Andrews University Wind Symphony and is responsible for teaching music education courses for the music teacher certification program. Prior to coming to Andrews University, he held K-12 teaching positions in band, handbells, and general music at Andrews Academy, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, Great Lakes Adventist Academy, Cedar Lake Elementary School, and Union Springs Academy. His ensembles have traveled extensively around the United States, and have won awards for their outstanding performances. He has also served as a clinician and guest conductor for band and handbell festivals around the country.
Dr. Graves obtained his masters degree in instrumental conducting from Central Michigan University, and undergraduate degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Andrews University. He recently completed a DMA in Music Education at Boston University and continues to do research in the area of self-determination theory and basic psychological needs. He also has professional memberships with the National Association for Music Education, Michigan Music Educators Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, International Clarinet Association, and International Adventist Musicians Association. He firmly believes that music brings you closer to God in a way nothing else can, and he is passionate about helping mentor the next generation of Adventist music educators.
In addition to music, Dr. Graves also enjoys an active lifestyle of backpacking, mountaineering, mountain biking, running, Crossfit, and canoeing. He is married to his beautiful wife, Jenni (a school psychologist at the Berrien RESA), and together they chase around their children, Asher and Noelle.