Dr. Mary Birkner is currently Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Florida. Dr. Birkner currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including Instructional Design in Music Education, American Vernacular Music, Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Music Education, Woodwind Skills, and directs the University of Florida Flute Ensemble. During the 2012-2013 school year, she worked at UF as the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Flute. Additionally, Dr. Birkner serves as a flutist with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and maintains a private studio teaching flute and piano lessons. Prior to her time at the University of Florida, she taught general music for grades K-5 in Michigan, grades K-2 in Texas, choir for grades 5-6 in Texas, and preschool music in Florida. Dr. Birkner holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Florida, a Master of Music in flute performance from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University with a double major in music and education.