School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan

Paul R. Lehman

Professor Emerita of Music


Paul Lehman is a professor emeritus and formerly the senior associate dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.  Prior to his 22-year career at the University of Michigan, he taught in the public schools of Ohio and at the University of Colorado, the University of Kentucky, and the Eastman School of Music.  He also served as music specialist with the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

Lehman served as president of the National Association for Music Education, as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Music Education, and as a member of the Executive Board of the College Music Society.  He is the author of more than 200 articles and other publications on education reform, education standards, and the assessment of learning in music, and he has delivered more than 300 lectures on education in nearly every state of the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries.  He is a member of the Music Educators Hall of Fame and an Honorary Life member of the International Society for Music Education.

Lehman chaired the groups that wrote the national voluntary standards for K-12 music (1994), the Opportunity To Learn Standards for Music Instruction (1994), and the national Performance Standards for Music (1996).  He held major leadership roles with the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board, and the National Teacher Examination program of the Educational Testing Service.  He also performed as a bassoonist with various groups.  Since retirement he has taught a variety of continuing education courses in music.

The national symposium “Aiming for Excellence: The Impact of the Standards Movement on Music Education,” cosponsored by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the National Association for Music Education, was dedicated to him on the occasion of his retirement from the University in 1996.



BS Ed, Ohio University
MMus (wind instruments), University of Michigan
PhD (music education), University of Michigan