Muriel Bodley

Instructor, Department of Music Education, Setnor School of Music

Music education

215 Crouse College


M.M., B.M., Crane School of Music

Muriel Bodley is an instructor of music in the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music.  She has achieved national recognition for her efforts in advancing public school string education. She has been the conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Youth String Orchestra (SSYSO) since 1995 and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the SSYSO—created to give more advanced members of the SSYSO the opportunity to perform additional and more challenging repertoire during the season—since its inception in 2001.

Ms. Bodley earned bachelor and master of music degrees from the Crane School of Music. Co-founder and past director of the Suzuki School of Syracuse, she is program director at the Summer Ithaca String Institute at Ithaca College. She is an All-County and festival clinician and conductor and is co-director of the American String Teachers Association with the National School Orchestra Association String Conference at SUNY Fredonia.

In 1995, Ms. Bodley was awarded the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s String Educator of the Year Award. She is a recipient of the National School Orchestra Association’s National School Orchestra Director of the Year Award, and in 1998 received the Helen Hosmer Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a past president of the New York State American String Teachers Association—National School Orchestra Association.


Music Education