Degrees and Certifications:

University of North Texas, Bachelor of Music Education Southern Methodist University, Master of Music in Music Education

Alicia DeSoto

Subject: Band

Conference Period: n/a

Tutorial Times: By Appointment

Alicia DeSoto serves as Associate Director of Bands at Lewisville High School in Lewisville, Texas. Prior to working with the Lewisville Band, Ms. DeSoto was the Associate Director of Bands at Shadow Ridge Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas. The Shadow Ridge Bands were selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project (2010-2018), and were official performers at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL in 2012 and 2018. The Shadow Ridge Honor Winds had placed as a top 5 Finalist in the Texas CC Honor Band Contests on multiple occasions and was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Cup in 2017. Ms. DeSoto earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas, and her Master of Music in Music Education degree from Southern Methodist University. Ms. DeSoto is an active guest clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator and has professional affiliations with the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Ms. DeSoto currently serves as the TMEA Region 2 Vice President. Current projects include the Musical Mastery Beginner Band series with Asa Burk, Kathy Johnson, Chris Meredith and Dominic Talanca. As the chief editor for Musical Mastery, Ms. DeSoto has enjoyed the opportunity to compile an instrument-specific beginner curriculum to share with thousands of students throughout the country.