- D.M.A., Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Washington, 2010
- M.M., Master of Music, Indiana University, 2003
- B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, Indiana University, 1997
Eric M. Smedley is associate professor of music in bands and chair of the Bands Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is also director of IU athletic bands and codirector of the Marching Hundred. Additionally, he directs the Symphonic Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting courses.
Smedley earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington and Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the Jacobs School of Music. He previously served on the music faculties of Boise State University and Western Kentucky University, and as a public-school music educator in Cocoa Beach, Florida; Santa Monica, California; and Kenosha, Wisconsin.
He has conducted throughout North America, Russia, and Japan. He maintains an active schedule as a clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and trumpet performer. His Symphonic Band was selected to perform at the 2018 College Band Directors National Association North Central Conference.
Smedley’s research interests are varied and include projects in the areas of contemporary wind band literature, wind band orchestration, and conducting pedagogy.
His book chapters on composers Joseph Turrin, John Mackey, and David Dzubay are published in A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis, and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, and he has additional research published in the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series.
He is also an empirical researcher, most recently publishing “Conductor Gestures Influence Evaluations of Ensemble Performance” in the refereed journal Frontiers in Psychology.
Smedley is a member of the Gamma chapter of the international band fraternity Phi Beta Mu and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association and the National Association for Music Education.
He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife, Jessica, their daughter, Ella, and their Bedlington Terrier Piper.