Susan Mueller, associate professor of music, has extensive experience in elementary music education and the Orff Schulwerk approach. Mueller holds a Bachelor of Music at the University of Kansas, Master of Education in fine arts and curriculum from Lesley College, Level I-III and Masters class Orff Schulwerk certification and serves as a mentor teacher for educators nation-wide. She taught K-5 music education for 27 years in the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada, until her 2005 appointment to UNLV where she teaches graduate music education courses, and is the Director of the School of Music.
Mueller is a nationally recognized and active workshop clinician for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conferences as well as for conferences and chapters in Canada. She teaches basic Orff Schulwerk pedagogy at UNLV, and University of Central Florida. She has served on the National Board of Trustees for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as Region II Representative (1996-1999), National Conference Chairperson (2000-2003, 2008-2011, 2014-2017), Vice President (2003-2005), and President (2005-2007). She has received Honorary Membership for service to AOSA and the Nevada Desert Valley Chapter's of AOSA's Lifetime Service Award. Mueller is published in the Clark County Elementary Music Curriculum Guide, Las Vegas Writes II, and has authored two publications, Simply Speaking, and Simply Beginning, both of which are teaching resources for the elementary music classroom.