Nancy Summitt received her B.M.E. from Arkansas Tech University, M.M. in Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas, and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Memphis.
Before embarking upon her doctoral work, she taught K-12 music in Arkansas for seven years. Dr. Summitt served as the Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin prior to her appointment at DePauw. She has presented research at state, regional, and national music education conferences, and has been published in several music education journals.