Patricia Bourne, EdD

Professor, Coordinator of Music Education


Patricia Bourne is a veteran music educator who has taught preschool through graduate level students over the span of 30+ years in four different states. During her long tenure as a teacher, she has presented workshops throughout the country on topics such as children’s choral and classroom singing, curriculum development, classroom management systems, working with special-needs students, African drumming, marimbas in elementary general music, to name a few. Dr. Bourne has guest conducted regional and all-state choruses in multiple states, as well as adjudicated secondary vocal solo and ensembles throughout the Northwest region. 

A native of Kentucky, Bourne received the Bachelor of Music Education from Murray State University (Murray, KY), the Master of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK), and completed the Doctorate of Education from Arizona State University in 1990. In 2010, she was selected the Outstanding Music Educator in the state of Washington. This followed an induction into the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame, the Northlake Region “Outstanding Music Educator” award, and honors from each university attended. In 2015, Dr. Bourne was selected as the recipient of the Northwest Distinguished Service to Music Education and two years later received one of the "Excellence in Teaching" Awards from WWU.

Dr. Bourne is the author of two texts: "Inside the Classroom: Teaching the Art with Heart", and "Inside the Elementary Chorus: Instructional Techniques for the Non-Select Children’s Choir", both published by Lorenz of Dayton, OH. During the summer, Patty is active as a member of the faculty for the World Music Drumming Curriculum (Will Schmid, founder) and serves as Director of the organization. She currently maintains an active schedule as full-time teacher, Coordinator of Music Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham, guest conductor, clinician and guest teacher for the Bellingham area K-5 schools. 

Patty and husband, Tom, have two adult daughters Katherine (and husband DJ) in Los Angeles, CA, and Julie, Brooklyn, NY.