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Rebecca Atkins
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Music Education, Women's Chorale Director
Ph.D. Music and Human Learning, University of Texas at Austin (2013) ; M.M. Choral Conducting, Missouri State University (2008); B.A. Music Studies, University of Texas at Austin (1994)
  207 Fine Arts Center

Rebecca L. Atkins joined the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Music Department as an Assistant Professor of Music Education (Choral) in the Fall of 2013. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. She earned her M.M. in Choral Conducting at Missouri State University, and a B.M. in Music Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Atkins’ current research focuses on the effects of attention on vocal tone quality. She is also drawn to research questions that pertain to the development of performance skills and the refinement of pedagogy

Atkins served as an Assistant Instructor for the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas during her Doctoral program, and as the Teaching Assistant of Theory and Ear-­-training at Missouri State during her Master’s program. Previously, Atkins successfully directed middle school and high school choir programs in Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee, earning superior and excellent ratings consistently at competitions.

Rebecca Atkins performs with Conspirare Symphonic Choir and serves as clinician and adjudicator for area choirs and competitions. She received the Texas Exes Teaching Award for the College of Fine Arts in 2012 and received the McNairy County Board of Education Teacher of the Year award in 2007.


  • Atkins, R. L., & Duke, R. A. (2013). Changes in tone production as a function of focus of attention in untrained singers. International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, 4(2), 28–36.
  • Atkins, R. L., & Murray, M. F. (2013). Revisiting theory camp: Improving student success in freshman theory. Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy e-journal, 1.