Dr. Daniel Keown

Associate Professor
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Dr. Daniel Keown

Associate Professor

Dana School of Music & University Theatre



Daniel J. Keown serves as Associate Professor of Vocal Music Education in the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University where he teaches undergraduate music education courses. He holds degrees in recording technology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, conducting performance at Indiana State University, and in music education/curriculum & instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Keown spent six years as a music educator with the Chicago Children’s Choir teaching in the Chicago Public Schools and after-school neighborhood choirs.

His research and creative interests include the psychology of music in multimedia, film music, audiovisual and electronic music production, audio synthesis, and technology-based music instruction. Keown has most recently published research in the Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Music Educators Journal, Frontiers of Medicine, and the Journal of Music Teacher Education.

Research Interests

Psychology of Music in Multimedia, Music Perception and Cognition, Film Music, Audiovisual and Electronic Music Production, Sound Design and Audio Synthesis, and Technology-Based Music Instruction

Teaching Interests

Music Education, Film Music, Audio Production

  • Education
    • 2013

      Ph D, Music Education

      University of Missouri-Kansas City

    • 2004

      MA, Music - Choral Conducting

      Indiana State University

    • 2001

      BS, Music Recording Technology

      University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2021

      American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

      Steven M. Demorest Award for Choral Research

    • April 2018

      Youngstown State University - Honors College

      Honors College Faculty of the Year Award

    • May 2012

      University of Missouri-Kansas City

      Muriel McBrien Kauffman Superior Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

    • May 2002

      Indiana State University

      Phi Kappa Lambda Honorary Society

  • Past History
    • 2013

      University of Missouri-Kansas City

      Adjunct Faculty

    • 2004

      Chicago Children's Choir

      In-School and Neighborhood Choir Educator

  • Intellectual Contributions
    • 2019

      "Effects of disability type, task complexity, and biased statements of undergraduate music major’s inclusion decisions for performance ensembles."

      Journal of Music Teacher Education, volume 28, issue 2, p. 70-83

    • 2018

      "Sound practice."

      TRIAD: Ohio Music Education Association, volume 86, issue 1, p. 24-26

    • 2018

      "Examining Cross-Age Experiences in a Distance-Based Intergenerational Music Project: Comfort and Expectations in Collaborating with Opposite Generation through “Virtual” Exchanges."

      Frontiers in Medicine, volume 5

    • 2016

      "“Theory and Practice of Technology-Based Music Instruction.” Authored by Jay Dorfman."

      Music Educators Journal

    • 2016

      "The effects of projected film on singers’ expressivity in choral performance."

      Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, volume 25, issue 2, p. 138-154

    • 2016

      "A descriptive analysis on film music enthusiasts’ purchasing and consumption behaviors of soundtrack albums: An exploratory study."

      Psychology of Music, volume 44, issue 3, p. 428-442

    • 2015

      "Discovering the lost ark of possibilities: Bringing visibility to the invisible art form of film music within your music classroom."

      Music Educators Journal, volume 101, issue 4, p. 70-76